14644 Lake Poway Rd.
Poway, CA 92064
Phone: (858) 668-4778
Hike: 4.8 miles out and back Elevation Gain: 160 feet Level: Moderate
Dog-Friendly: Yes Kid-Friendly: Yes
Blue Sky Ecological Reserve is a 700-acre oak-lined canyon flanked by coastal sage scrub and chaparral-covered hills. The Reserve is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. Brilliant colors of wild flowers on the hillsides in spring, the songs of birds, and the tree-lined creek provide an inviting escape for a nature walk. The trails are open to the public free of charge during daylight hours.
Nestled in the hills of Poway amid groves of Eucalyptus and characteristic Southern California chaparral, Lake Poway offers annual community events, fishing and boating, an extensive trail system, picnicking, softball, summer day camps, and more. The lake serves as the water supply for Poway residents and has provided excellent outdoor recreation opportunities for the entire community since 1972. There is a man-made dam connecting the lake to the reserve.
Personal Experience: First off, if you are like me and prefer to hike not only for exercise but also for beauty, go in the spring! It gets HOT here in the summer and a lot of the greenery and flowers you see in these photos dies off. With that said, I don’t find this trip particularly exciting but it is a good hike for endurance with a pretty view and a lake.