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Martha's Grove Trail Loop

Sycamore Canyon Preserve

San Diego Metro Area, California

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Martha's Grove Trail Loop

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  • View of the trailhead.- Martha's Grove Trail Loop
  • View of Sycamore Canyon and Goodan Ranch.- Martha's Grove Trail Loop
  • The trail passes through chaparral and sage-scrub.- Martha's Grove Trail Loop
  • View from Martha's Grove Trail.- Martha's Grove Trail Loop
  • Picnic area at Martha Harville Memorial Oak Grove.- Martha's Grove Trail Loop
  • Wildflowers blooming along the trail.- Martha's Grove Trail Loop
  • The trail passes through a field in Sycamore Canyon Open Space Preserve.- Martha's Grove Trail Loop
  • The trail passes by an old windmill.- Martha's Grove Trail Loop
  • A monarch butterfly in Sycamore Canyon Open Space Preserve.- Martha's Grove Trail Loop
  • Wildflowers blooming along the trail.- Martha's Grove Trail Loop
  • View to the northeast from West Boundary Trail.- Martha's Grove Trail Loop
  • Wildflowers blooming along the trail.- Martha's Grove Trail Loop
  • A dirt road leads back to the parking lot.- Martha's Grove Trail Loop
  • The last segment of the trail is the steepest.- Martha's Grove Trail Loop
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Solitude. Wildflowers.
Cons: 
Little shade.
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Region:
San Diego Metro Area, CA
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Highest point: 
1,070.00 ft (326.14 m)
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
None
Permit required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Fall, Summer
Suitable for:
Biking
Total Distance: 
3.80 mi (6.12 km)
Total elevation gain: 
460.00 ft (140.21 m)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
1,070.00 ft (326.14 m)
Typically multi-day: 
No
Current Local Weather:
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Martha’s Grove Trail, located within Sycamore Canyon Open Space Park, is a little-known gem that’s perfect for a peaceful getaway from the city. 

The trail begins on the eastern side of the parking lot at the end of Sycamore Canyon Road. The first section of the hike is characterized by a gradual descent into the valley through dense chaparral and sage scrub. The trail levels out as it approaches Martha Harville Memorial Oak Grove, which is dedicated to the memory of a park ranger. There is a bench and a picnic table here, making it a great spot for a break. Continue down the path through the valley toward Goodan Ranch, where the Sycamore Canyon Preserve staff often hold educational and interpretive programs. At the windmill, turn right onto the Goodan Ranch access road. Hikers may choose to stay on this route all the way back to the parking lot or take the West Boundary Trail, which ultimately loops back to the same access road. The West Boundary track adds on a mere 0.1 miles and has picturesque views of the surrounding countryside, whereas the access road goes through Goodan Ranch proper.

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