17090 Gunn Stage Road, Ramona, CA 92065
Park: (760) 788-3326
Hours: 8 a.m. – sunset, daily
Pedestrian access is available from sunrise to sunset, daily. No public vehicle access or restroom availability on December 25. Mount Gower is CLOSED in August due to extreme summer heat.
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Visitors to this nearly pristine wilderness area will experience San
Diego's backcountry as it was centuries ago. Consisting primarily of
dense chaparral, the 1,574-acre preserve showcases peaceful oak
woodlands, shaded streamside arbors, and seldom-visited
Backpack through vivid splashes of color with black sage and monkey flowers. Dramatic displays of flowering yucca stalks rise above the chaparral. Take in the views at several outlooks. Occasionally trickling streams support woodlands of sycamore, willow, and oak. Although hiking along the 8 miles of multi-use trails is the most typical way to experience Mt. Gower, the preserve is also very popular with equestrians and has a staging area.
Mule deer, coyotes, raccoons, foxes, and bobcats are some of the more conspicuous mammals that live in the park. Among resident birds, you'll likely see ravens, California thrashers, scrub jays, goldfinches, and red-tailed hawks. And if you're lucky, a golden eagle!