Phone: (858) 467-4201.
Hike: There are many different trails you can take Level: Each trail varies in level of difficulty
Dog-Friendly: Yes Kid-Friendly: Yes
Crestridge Ecological Reserve contains 2600 acres of riding trails, unique architecture by San Diego's most famous archtitect James Hubbel, ancient history dating back thousands of years and many fun, tiny details scattered throughout. Keep your eyes peeled!
This area was once a Kumeyaay Indian village, containing three prehistoric archaeological sites. We found mortars and metates in a few of the boulders during our exploration. These were once used to grind acorns into flour!
The reserve was a cattle ranch in the early 20th century. The land was bought just before World War II by water and land developer Ed Fletcher. In 1990, it was set aside as open space for a 92-home project by Gatlin Development. In 1999, The Nature Conservancy purchased the property, and today it is overseen by the state Department of Fish and Game.
According to the state Department of Fish & Game, Crestridge is home to the largest known population of Lakeside ceanothus, a rare wild lilac, and provides important habitat for the endangered California gnatcatcher and many native butterflies.
Personal Experience: Hobbit territory for sure. 😛 Walk around and you will see what I'm talking about! There is something very special about this area. Just don't go in the hot summer because you probably won't be able to appreciate all the beauty if you're dying of heat exhaustion. I will explore even further another day because I am definitely intrigued and saw other spots that caught my eye.