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Sycamore Canyon-Goodan Ranch

Sycamore Canyon/Goodan Ranch County Preserve

Park: (858) 513-4737
Reservations: (858) 565-3600, (877) 565-3600

Goodan Ranch Staging Area
16281 Sycamore Canyon Road, Poway, CA 92064
 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.

View the park brochureWatch the Virtual Hike!

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.

Stowe Trail

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

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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 emily.pacholski1@sdcounty.ca.gov to schedule an appointment to review a hard copy of the document in person.


  • Martha's Grove Virtual Hike
  • Goodan Sycamore 1
  • Goodan Sycamore 2
  • Goodan Sycamore 3
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