14644 Lake Poway Rd.
Poway, CA 92064

Phone: (858) 668-4778
33.006698, -117.013332

Hike: 4.8 miles out and back    Elevation Gain: 160 feet    Level: Moderate

Dog-Friendly: Yes    Kid-Friendly: Yes


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Lake Poway Recreation Area not only serves as the water supply for residents, but also has provided exceptional outdoor recreational opportunities since 1972. Lake Poway gates open at 6 a.m. daily and are closed and locked at sunset.

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.

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  • Bill
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    Actually, it’s just as well you didn’t have your bike – they’re not permitted at Blue Sky.

    September 25, 2014

  • Anonymous
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    This isn’t the one Rug went into but there’s one nearby I’d love to go to and drag my friend there and where’s there’s love and voices and spirits and stuff.Definatly a TravelList place!Could someone let me know where the one Rug went into?and how did he find it and exactly where in Sd?

    December 17, 2016

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14644 Lake Poway Rd, Poway, CA 92064, USA

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