1.3 miles
290 ft
-178 ft
3,796 ft
High Point


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    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
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    all year
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  • Land Manager
    County of San Diego Parks and Recreation

West Vista Loop is a moderately trafficked loop trail located near Santa Ysabel, CA that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, trail running, horses, and mountain biking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. After 4.8 miles on the West Vista Loop Trail, you can continue another 3 miles on the Coast to Crest Trail to meet up with the 3.3-mile Kanaka Loop Trail at the end of the Farmer Staging Area Trailhead. Or you can choose to take a leisurely 2–4 hour hike through one of the loops. The trailhead and trails are all well marked with trail maps and points of interest along the way. If you continue 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.

Access Info

Highway 79 Trailhead: Take Hwy 78 into Santa Ysabel. Turn north onto Hwy 79. Trailhead is 1.5 miles north of Santa Ysabel or just south of the Santa Ysabel Mission. Parking is available along Hwy 79.

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More Stats for West Vista Loop Trail mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    112 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,555 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,555 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,666 ft
  • Grade
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  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    3,931 ft
  • Distance down
    2,832 ft
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