Santa Ysabel Stories

Lower Santa Ysabel trail to Boden Canyon

Hike along a bubbling creek and beside a towering riparian forest festooned with native grape vines.

The Lower Santa Ysabel Trail, now reserved for hikers and equestrians, takes you beside a lush riparian forest of towering sycamores, willows cottonwoods, and spreading oaks, draped with native grape vines as it travels beside ...

On the Trail of San Diego History: The Box Canyon That Got Away, Part Two.

Field Notes: Fifty, 100, even 200 years after a historical event, you can get the feel of a place just by being there. Stand at the ruins on Presidio Hill, for example. Erase all the ...

On the Trail of San Diego History: The Canyon That Got Away, Part One.

Somewhere in the Cuyamacas there’s a box canyon wide enough to include 50 armed men on horseback and tall enough to conceal at least 200 Kumeyaay warriors lying in wait around the rim. But try ...

Suspect in 1977 murder arrested in Arizona

Authorities have tracked down the suspect in a 1977 murder that occurred in Santa Ysabel, east of Ramona, over 35 years ago. Yesterday morning (August 7), the San Diego Sheriff’s Cold Case Unit, working in ...

Homicide caused one of two recent Santa Ysabel deaths

The San Diego County Medical Examiner’s office has determined that one of two elderly individuals found dead in a Santa Ysabel residence on the 25200 block of Mesa Grande Road on Monday is the victim ...

Santa Ysabel Nature Preserve — East

Hike over rolling hills and through oak woodlands, wildflower fields, and seasonal wetlands.

Animal Rights Group Unable to Suspend Turkey Hunt

This weekend's turkey hunt at Santa Ysabel Preserve will go off without, or rather, with a bang, despite pleas from the Animal Protection and Rescue League to suspend the hunt. According to a report from ...

Unforgettable: The Long and Winding Road to Gold

After gold had been discovered in the Cuyamacas, ranchers accustomed to outback solitude witnessed an eerie parade: would-be miners trudging up an old Indian trail from Santa Ysabel to Julian City. The steep and rocky ...

Water for El Capitan Reservoir

The pictured waterfall is runoff from recent rains feeding the El Capitan Reservoir. It is located two miles north of the reservoir, between Santa Ysabel and Lakeside. The photo was taken from a private aircraft ...

Mighty Hungary

"Hot wine. Hot diggety," I say. "Cold beer. Cool," says Hank.

Big skies and springtime zephyrs await you at the new Santa Ysabel Open Space Preserve near Julian.

As San Diego County's newest (2006) open-space park, the Santa Ysabel Open Space Preserve is already establishing a reputation as one of the county's finest parcels of unburned montane landscape. Actually, the Cedar Fire in ...

You Can Have My Dead Trees

Just north of Santa Ysabel in San Diego's backcountry, Mesa Grande Road intersects State Route 79. Less than a mile to the west on Mesa Grande is a sight not seen in the county for ...

No Dice for Indians

Eight Indian bands in San Diego County now operate casinos in San Diego County, more than in any other county in the nation. And if bands in Jamul and Santa Ysabel have their druthers, that ...

Cycle-tour the back roads of Santa Ysabel and Mesa Grande.

At an elevation of over 3000 feet, the rolling upland known as Mesa Grande is more reminiscent of Central California's coast ranges than San Diego County's typical rock-ribbed foothills. Through the heart of Mesa Grande ...

Julian's Apple Survivors

At this time of year, the pies in Julian are made with fresh apples from Julian orchards. The Julian Pie Company gets its apples from Crown Orchards in the Farmer's Road area north of town. ...