Santa Ysabel Open Space Preserve West

Everybody knows that happy cows come from California. However, many of them live of polluting and foul smelling feed lots in the Central Valley, which, upon approach, fill the unsuspecting traveler with disgust and nausea. The real happy cows hang out at Santa Ysabel Open Space Preserve, which have all of the rolling hills, trickling …

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Mountain Palm Springs

Not to be confused with the far more fabulous Palm Springs in the Coachella Valley, this series of palm-studded oasis features a moderate meandering through several California fan palm groves, a campground, and a rare grove of the bizarre elephant tree, also known as "torote" in Spanish.Distance: 2.5 MilesElevation Gained: 500'Difficulty: EasyTime: 1:30Critters: All kinds …

Mt. Woodson via Blue Sky Ecological Preserve

This hike combines a popular and challenging summiting experience with a cool, shady oak woodland for a comprehensive and fairly strenuous workout. Taken on a clear winter day, this hikes reveals impressive views over San Diego County, Mexico, and as far north as Mt. Baldy.Distance: 11 MilesElevation Gained: 2,800'Difficulty: Moderately Strenuous, but on the southern …