Chaparral-covered rolling foothills, groves of oak trees and open grassy plains — the variety of landscapes found in the Ramona area make it a natural draw for visitors from all over San Diego County.
With so much diversity and hiking trails of all difficulty levels, it is no wonder that Ramona is a magnet for outdoor enthusiasts. Many people have already heard of the popular hikes of the area, such as Mount Woodson and Iron Mountain. But there is a vast number of trails awaiting discovery.
For a shorter trail that is often less-traveled, check out Table Rock. As you head out of Old Town Ramona on State Route 67 toward Poway, you will find a small parking lot and trailhead on the left side of the road, before you reach the Iron Mountain trailhead.
A sign at the start of the hike will offer trail options with different destinations, including one for Table Rock.
Starting out as a dirt path that changes to rougher, rocky terrain with an incline, the mile-long trail to Table Rock makes for a challenging workout. Once you reach the natural stone table, your efforts will be rewarded with a stunning panoramic view of the surrounding area.
Though only two miles roundtrip, it is a great trail to stretch your legs and get your heartrate up. With little to no shade, it is important to plan your hike during a cooler time of the day, and to come prepared with plenty of water and sunscreen.
For eye-catching vistas, a chance to view wildlife and beautiful trails ripe for exploration, head to Ramona for your next hiking adventure!
By Angela McLaughlin
Photo by Angela McLaughlin