Short and Sweet Hikes

Wineries less-crowded, beautiful grassland preserves, and the chance to spy a golden eagle (or two) on your hikes … there’s something about Ramona in San Diego County that beckons as a beautiful respite for everyone to enjoy. Keep Ramona on the shortlist the next time you need a peaceful break.

Week: 11.02.2022
Regions: Southern CA

Grasslands Galore

Hikes at Ramona Grasslands Preserve in northern San Diego County

Hiker at Ramona Grasslands Preserve in northern San Diego County
Hiker at Grasslands Preserve in northern San Diego County
Hiker looking out to the view at Ramona Grasslands Preserve in northern San Diego County
At the sprawling 3,521-acre Ramona Grasslands Preserve in northern San Diego County, there are just two loops: the 2-mile Wildflower Loop and the 0.8-mile Meadow Loop. Connect them both on this hike that explores the best features of the park.
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Smith Rock
Central Oregon is home to the craft beer capital of the US, the Deschutes River, and trails for every kind of outdoor adventure: hiking, skiing, paddling, biking, and—of course—relaxing at fire pits.
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Hidden Hike, Huge View

Hike to a huge view at Luelf Pond County Preserve in San Diego County

Hiker going buy Luelf Pond entrance sign in northern San Diego County
Hiker looking out to view at Luelf Pond County Preserve in northern San Diego County
90-acre Luelf Pond County Preserve is a hidden treasure in San Diego County. It's home to a 1.5-mile (out-and-back) trail with a huge vista reward.
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Dos Picos

Hike Dos Picos County Park in Ramona, northern San Diego County

Hiker at Dos Picos County Park in San Diego County
The 1.4-mile loop around Dos Picos County Park is a small yet mighty gem in northern San Diego County. It's gentle and packs a bunch of scenery.
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