Simon County Preserve is one of Ramona’s many excellent hiking destinations. The 650-acre preserve has a number of interconnecting trails to explore, wide open grasslands, and a few small creeks. It is also home to Ramona Peak – a relatively easy climb that still rewards you with some wonderful views.
The location of Simon County Preserve is a little odd in that it is not immediately adjacent to the road. There is also no formal staging area, so after following Google Maps to the address listed on the county’s web site (23500 Bassett Street), we found ourselves in the middle of a residential neigborhood. We parked along the street, then the roadfollowed a wide dirt path as it passed the dog park. A single golden retriever and his human were playing fetch.
Once through the gate, we noted a single track heading off to the left and a slightly wider path heading to the right. It looked like the left fork made a pretty straight ascent up to the ridgeline in the west, while the right fork took less direct and better established approach. We decided to take the right fork since it looked a little easier.
View the full photo gallery
From Main St. in Ramona, take 10th Street to San Vicente Road. Follow San Vicente Road for approximately 5.2 miles then turn left onto Arena Drive. Turn left onto Spangler Peak Road, then right onto Bassett Way. The trailhead will be on your left, a few hundred feet up the road, right next to a small dog park. Park on the street. map
|Total Distance:||3.5 miles|
|Total Ascent:||750 feet|
|Dog Friendly?:||Leashed dogs allowed|
|Bike Friendly?:||Bikes allowed|
|Facilities:||No restrooms; water fountain at dog park outside of preserve|
For more information, visit:
View route or download GPX from CalTopo
County of San Diego Parks and Recreation – Simon County Preserve