Trailhead location: Ramona
Directions to Trailhead: From Hwy 67 in Ramona, continue on Hwy 67/Hwy 78 north/east out of town. Take Sutherland Dam road on your left. After you reach Lake Sutherland, look for a large unmarked dirt parking area on your left. Park there and begin the hike by following Lake Sutherland Dam Road to Black Canyon Road. Cross over the river on the bridge to your right. In a short distance you will see the gate at the trailhead for the Upper Santa Ysabel Truck Trail (a Cleveland National Forest Service Truck Trail). This trail will come out in Pamo Valley. At present there is no staging area where this truck trail comes out, but you could station a car at the side of the road there to avoid having to hike out and back.