Ramona Grasslands

One of the hikes on this year’s Coast to Crest Challenge was out at the Ramona Grasslands. This was going to be a nice sauntering kind of hike, perfect since I was recovering from plantar fasciitis. I pulled into the parking area and headed off. The trail is nice and wide, as it worked its way through the grasslands. The Ramona airfield sits off to the northeast.  Like all the Coast to Crest Challenge hikes, there was a designated selfie spot, in this case out toward the north end of the trail.

I passed a few folks out enjoying the trail. One couple was walking their horse back to their trailer. He was rehabbing from an injury and needed the exercise.

I was enjoying myself as I reached the spot. This would be a lovely hike to bring a picnic on and enjoy the views.

Soon I found myself back at the car. As I drove past all those cars with folks working their way up to the Potato Chip, I felt sorry that just down the road is a lovely gem of a hike.


I am an avid peak bagger, sometimes backpacker, and former sea-kayaker living in San Diego. In 2019, I became the third person to complete the San Diego 100 Peak Challenge. Not stopping with that accomplishment, I set my sights on the harder San Diego Sierra Club 100 Peak list, which I completed in 2021. In addition, I have conquered several Six-Pack of Peaks challenges (SoCal, San Diego, and Arizona-Winter). Beyond attempting the San Diego Sierra Club 100 Peak list a second time, I am looking forward to exploring new summits and new adventures across the southwest. 

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