7.2 miles
1,857 ft
-808 ft
4,141 ft
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    Both Directions
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    County of San Diego Parks and Recreation

On the Coast to Crest Trail, the habitat abruptly changes from grassland and oak woodland to chaparral. Plants in this part of the preserve are dense and shrubby, including chamise, scrub oak, mountain mahogany, matchweed, basketbush, and buckwheat.The Coast to Crest trail is part of a restoration project that is ongoing in San Diego. When finished the trail will stretch 70 miles from the beaches in Del Mar to Volcan Mountain, the source of water for the Santa Ysabel Creek that begins at the Ironsides Springs on the west side of the mountain and flows down to the San Pasqual Valley.
The Trail is only made up of segments at this point. The trail starts in Del Mar just west of the Del Mar Race Track and runs along the new restored San Diegito Lagons to the horse park where it stops for now. The Trail picks up again deep in Rancho Santa Fe just west of the Crosby Estates and runs along Del Dios Gorge to meet up with the trails that skirt the north shore of Lake hodges. The trail goes under the 15 freeway and connects up with the Mule Hill / San Pasqual Trails work its way east and stopping about 2 miles east of the Wild Animal Park. The trail then picks up again in Santa Ysabel working its way up to Volcan Mountain.

Access Info

Trailhead location: Hwy 78 about two miles west of Santa Ysabel.

Directions to trailhead: From downtown Ramona, drive 13.8 miles east on Hwy 78 and look for the Santa Ysabel Open Space Preserve West sign on the left, just before going downhill to Santa Ysabel. The dirt parking lot has access for trailers.

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More Stats for Coast to Crest Trail mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    1,049 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,926 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,926 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,975 ft
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  • Distance climb
    4.6 miles
  • Distance down
    2.4 miles
  • Distance flat
    960 ft
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