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Blue Sky Ecological Preserve 9-mile Hike

Posted by Adventure 16 | 09.01.2015

By James Almon, Adventure 16 Manager of Information Systems
11/10/2012



This is a great medium intensity hike that takes you to two different lakes, both of which are fishable, so if you’re inclined, bring your fishing gear with you!

Distance: 9.15 mi 
Duration: 3:40 --at an average hiking speed of 2.5 mph (0:24:06/mi)
Difficulty: 5 / 10

Start at the Bluesky Ecological Preserve on Espola Rd. in Poway and hike down Green Valley Truck Trail for approximately 1.2 miles to the Lake Ramona turn off that
heads to the North.

From there go 1.2 miles up the Dam Road and continue up the backside of the dam on the road to Lake Ramona.

Hike back down to Green Valley Truck Trail, and then follow the Truck Trail for about a ¼ of a mile to the Lake Poway turn off that heads south.

Take the loop trail that goes around Lake Poway and back down the Green Valley truck trail which leads back to the to the Bluesky Ecological Reserve Trail Head.



RECOMMENDED GEAR
Technical Clothing
For cooler days wear layers such as the Patagonia Capilene LW under shirt and a jacket.

Footwear:
Hiking shoes with traction that can handle multiple terrain. My North Face Hedgehog lightweight, low-profile hiking shoes were great for this.

Accessories:
CamelBak Vaccuum Insulated Bottle
—keeps your water cold for hours
Peanut Butter Cliff Bars – Great snack and energy on the trail The peanut butter ones taste good too!

Bring some fishing gear if you are into that sort of thing.

HIGHLIGHT OF HIKE
Walking through the Riparian Forest on the truck trail and Lake Ramona. Hardly
anybody ever goes up there and it is very peaceful