Park: (858) 513-4737
Reservations: (858) 565-3600, (877) 565-3600
Goodan Ranch Staging Area
16281 Sycamore Canyon Road, Poway, CA 92064
Hours: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m., April – Sept.; 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Oct. – March
Pedestrian access is available from sunrise to sunset, daily. No public vehicle access or restroom availability on December 25.
Highway 67 Staging Area
13920 Highway 67, Lakeside, CA 92040
Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., daily
Pedestrian access is available from sunrise to sunset, daily, no public vehicle access or restroom availability on December 25.
Sycamore Canyon Preserve consists of 2,272 acres of coastal sage scrub and chaparral-covered hills, including the 325-acre Goodan Ranch, a mix of grassland, riparian, coastal sage, oak woodland and mixed chaparral. Other features include an picnic tables, a rest area, outdoor amphitheater, and a horse trough and hitching post.
More than 10 miles of trails lead to grand vistas, abundant wildlife and interesting reminders of human use, centuries ago. View the virtual hike of Martha’s Grove above where you can choose your own adventure as the path splinters in several directions.
The preserve includes the Goodan Ranch Center, which was built next to the original ranch house that was burned during the 2003 Cedar Fire. A LEED-certified project, the center houses a multi-purpose demonstration room, exhibit room, and support spaces that run with low site impact and high energy efficiency.
The Stowe Trail is approximately 4 miles long and parallels the eastern border of MCAS Miramar. It is marked with appropriate signs to facilitate access to the trail by members of the San Diego community who have obtained a valid permit. PERMITS ARE REQUIRED.
Sycamore Canyon/Goodan Ranch Preserve Resource Management Plan Update
The County Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) is currently
updating the Preserve’s Resource Management Plan, along with its
supporting Vegetation Management Plan and Public Access Plan, which
include approximately 15 miles of trails (both existing and new
trails) dedicated to multi-use routes for hikers, mountain bikers,
e-bikers, and horseback riders. Plans for the Preserve include the
retention of existing trails, rerouting or modifications to existing
trails, the formal addition of new trails, and restoration of some
informal trails or existing impacted areas that are not part of the
formal trail system. This would allow County DPR to continue
maintaining and expanding recreational and resource preservation
opportunities within the Preserve.
The Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Resource Management Plan Update is available here. Please contact Emily Pacholski, Project Manager at (619) 539-4294 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment to review a hard copy of the document in person.