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Happy Hikers - San Ysidro Trail to SY Falls

  • December 06, 2019
  • 8:30 AM
  • San Ysidro Trailhead


No hike if raining

The trail heads up San Ysidro Canyon. This trail winds up a narrow canyon filled with small waterfalls and pools, ending at the 60-foot San Ysidro waterfall. We may not see a lot of water this time of year, but since it has been raining, we may get to see the falls in its glory.

Hiking Distance: 3.7 miles round trip; Elevation gain: 1200 feet; Hiking Time: 2.5 hours (go at your pace).

Trail map.

For those interested, the trail continues up to Camino Cielo Road.  This second part is very picturesque, but all uphill and another 2 miles! 

Google maps directions to the trailhead

DIRECTIONS: Meet at the San Ysidro trail head on Mountain Drive just east of San Ysidro Ranch. From either direction, exit Fwy 101 at San Ysidro Rd and turn toward the mountains. Go 1.0 mile to East Valley Rd (CA 192) and turn right.  Continue 0.9 miles to Park Lane and turn left. Park Lane is easy to miss--as you get near it, you’ll see a “San Ysidro Creek” sign on your right, then look for nine closely spaced Eucalyptus trees on your left.  You’ll turn left after the last one.) Go 0.4 miles and as Park Lane turns right, you veer left onto East Mountain Drive. The trailhead is 0.2 miles ahead on the right.  Park on East Mountain Drive. 

 Hike Guide: Richard Chiles

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