Scheduled Hikes for 2010

  Blue Sky Reserve/Lake Poway

Date: September 12th, 2010  09:00 AM -  05:00 PM
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This hike destination is in the coastal foothills, near Poway, CA..
You hike in along an unpaved truck trail thru the Blue Sky Ecological Reserve. It's one of the best examples of riparian woodland in San Diego County. From there, you hike south along the creek, thru a primitive campground, to the Lake Poway dam, where you enter the loop trail.

The loop trail around Lake Poway has a good mix of flats, gentle hills, and a few fairly steep switchbacks. It's also an interpretive trail, passing thru 4 distinct plant communities: sage scrub, chaparral, oak woodland, and riparian woodland.

Refer to Jerry Schad's book, "Afoot and Afield in San Diego County", c '98, pp.72-75 for more details on the area. Hike distance is about 3 1/2-4 miles, elevation gain/loss 400'/400', hiking time is about 2 1/2 - 3 hours. Dogs are allowed on a leash.

For directions and maps of the area, please click HERE.

Parking lot/trail head to Blue Sky Ecological Reserve, adjacent to LakePoway Recreational Area.

Informative trailhead signs, just down the trail to the SOUTH of the parking lotarea. These signs are loaded with great nature art work, facts, and figures onthe flora & fauna of the area.

Closeup of one of the signs, with detailed drawings of local plants and animals.Fascinating!

Hiking along an old truck road-trail thru Blue Sky Preserve, on the way toLake Poway.

Lake Poway trail break. The well-maintainedtrails wind along the slopes surrounding thelake and are open to horse-back riding andmountain bikes.

East side of lake, looking west, toward marinaand recreational area. The rock dam, topright-center, holds the lake back from thevalley below, where the Blue Sky Reserve islocated.

Lake Poway Marina, where rental boats, bait and tackle are available. The lake is stocked with catfish and other surprises...

Hard core row: Mike, David, Phil. bottom row: 3 Jims.