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Sycuan Peak Ecological Reserve


Sycuan Peak Ecological Reserve is approximately 2,300 acres. Virtually the entire property south of the Sweetwater River consists of mafic southern mixed chaparral, a unique form of chaparral vegetation that is confined to mafic, or gabbro-derived soils that are rich in ferro-magnesian minerals. Sycuan Peak is used as foraging territory by peregrine falcons, as well as other raptors. The northern portion of the property consists of the Sweetwater River drainage, and includes riparian woodland and willow riparian habitats.

The purpose of the acquisition was to protect endangered and sensitive wildlife, native plants and special habitats. The property was designated as an ecological reserve by the Fish and Game Commission in 2000. It is part of an important wildlife corridor within the State’s Natural Community Conservation Planning program.

For more information, call the South Coast Region San Diego office at (858) 467-4201.

Recreational Opportunities

Wildlife Viewing Hiking Trails

Activities: wildlife viewing, hiking

PLEASE NOTE: For information on public use regulations for this area and other Department lands please refer to the link opens in new windowCDFW Public Lands Regulations booklet. Scroll to the Table of Contents. Locate the page number for general regulations for public uses on all Department lands. For additional regulations that apply only to certain properties, check the Table of Contents for sections that refer to additional or property-specific regulations for wildlife areas or ecological reserves. All visitors are responsible for knowing and following the general and property-specific regulations.

Last update : 10/31/2018 9:35:08 AM

Wildlife Branch - Lands Program
1812 9th Street, Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 445-0411

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South Coast Region (Region 5)

San Diego County

Directions: Highway 54 (Jamacha Road) in Rancho San Diego to Willow Glen Drive. East on Dehesa Rd. South on Sloane Canyon road to reserve.

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