Goodan Ranch Sycamore Canyon Preserve


Goodan Ranch Staging Area
16281 Sycamore Canyon Road
Poway, CA 92064
ThomBros: 1191-C6
Hours:  April - September (8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.); October - March (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.) 

Highway 67 Staging Area
13920 Highway 67
Lakeside, CA 92040
ThomBros: 1191-E5
Hours:  8 a.m. - 5 p.m. year round

Phone Number: (858) 513-4737

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  • Visitor Center
  • Viewpoints
  • Staging area
  • Picnic tables/rest areas


Goodan Ranch Description:
Sycamore Canyon Preserve consists of  2,272 acres of coastal sage scrub and chaparral-covered hills including the 325-acre Goodan Ranch, a mix of grassland, riparian, coastal sage, oak woodland and mixed chaparral.  More than 10 miles of trails lead to grand vistas, abundant wildlife and interesting reminders of the history of human use of the area.

The Preserve includes the Goodan Ranch Center which was built next to the original ranch house that was burned in the 2003 Cedar Fire.  It houses a multipurpose demonstration room, exhibit room, staff office, and support spaces. This project is designed for low site impact and high energy efficiency (LEED certified).  Goodan Ranch is jointly owned by San Diego County, the Cities of Poway and Santee, and the CA State Fish & Game Department.  The project’s focus is to stress the value of the region's natural and cultural resources while respecting the pristine natural setting of the preserve's ecologies.  A seasonal creek bed lies within the site.  Other site features include an outdoor amphitheater, a horse trough and hitching post.  Programs and hikes are offered year-round.      


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