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Potato Chip Rock Birthday Hike

Great hike! Definitely a challenge, but worth the payoff to get to the top. Squeezed the hike in before the rain yesterday and made it…

Oak grove trail to high Point

The hike was very tough for the first two miles very steep and rocky but after that there was not much incline it’s just basically…

Volcan Summit

Since this trail was short,  my friend and I decided to have a late start. Got to the trailhead around 3pm. We pretty much had…

Chilly Volcan Mountain with Dougal

Total hike took around 4 hours with 2 1/2 hours of actual hiking time. The hike itself took a bit longer than anticipated due to…

From Nice to BRRRR!

#4 Started in Paso Picacho campground and the weather was brisk, but nice. There was incredibly strong wind the night before so we prepared for…

Cuyamaca

Clear day beautiful views from the top

Highest peak in SD

It was a perfect day for this hike. Weather got to maybe 60s but the wind felt great. Only downfall, I forgot my chapstick in…

Highest peak in SD

Sorry i have tried this 3 times and keeps deleting. Great hike, amazing views, stop and look around. First 2.2 miles are the hardest, take…

Hot Springs Peak

Great hike! First 2 miles are rough, but it climbs nice and gradual after that. Fun little climb to peak itself, but windy and frigid…

Hot Springs Mt

Starting time was at 9am, Chilly but  comfortable bathing with the sunshine. 1st section trail was a challenge with rest in between. Mid section trail…

Peak 1: Volcan Mountain

Beautiful hike this morning! It was cold and windy at 8am, 40° with a wind chill factor of about 25°. Love the scenery, especially on…

Highest Peak!

Started hiking at 9am, Chilly but  comfortable with the sunbeam. 1st section trail was a fun challenge with rest in between. Mid section trail was…

So cold

Good hike, a little past the first two miles the trail mellowed out. You can be tricked to believe the water tower is the summit…

Gusts of Wind to 40 mph!

Peak #3 for the San Diego 6 Pack. It is beautiful and people are friendly.  We took Volcan up and 5 Oaks down. Great decision!…

Cuyamaca Peak

We took Azalea Glen Loop Trail. Trail is beautiful and well maintained. Sunny but wind at the top. ついでにStonewall Peakも登ってきた。スリル満点でした〜

CHILLY Hot Springs

2/28/2021. Chilly & windy for the most part, however, the bright sunshine with clear blue skies made the hike much, much bearable & enjoyable. Layering…

My Volcan

Soooooo windy and cold but it was clear!! Not crowded at all. Trail was beautiful

Rollercoaster El Cajon

This hike is beautiful and challenging. The up and downs of this hike are quite rough on the knees and feels like hiking a rollercoaster.…

Volcan Mt.

Not bad of a hike, very windy and freezing. Lovely views.

Volcan Mountain

One windy and cold hike. Like Cuyamaca, much more traveled than the last time I did it. Went into Julian for lunch and pie!

El Cajon Mt

El Capitan Trail is no joke. 5.37 miles each way, 4000’ vertical and 42% slope.   It’s literally uphill each way.   This is hike…

2nd Highest Peak in SD

What a different experience from last year. I really enjoyed this year’s trek up to Cuyamaca Peak.  The weather was perfect and even found patches…

Mt. Woodson aka Potato Chip PARTY

Woof! Moderate, but still challenging. We went early, on our way down there were lots of people coming up. Heat was a little warmer towards…

Volcan Hear We Come

Beautiful trail to Volcan Mountain!  This was my second peak of the day… and I was about ready to quit about 1 mile in, but…

Mt Woodson aka Potato Chip PARTY

Woof! Moderate, but still challenging. We went early, on our way down there were lots of people coming up. Heat was a little warmer towards…

Cuyamaca #3- top was open!

We took the fire road up to the lookout and then Conejos Trail to Azalea Glen Loop.   The road to the top was open!…

2 dogs, 1 hike

We hiked this last week, too, but had to turn around about a mile from the summit due to time constraints, so I’m so happy…

Cuyamaca never disappoints!!

Chilly morning… Love these hiking days! not too many people on the trail for a Saturday. Pretty much an easy hike until you get to…

Hot Springs, Cool Challenge

My favorite so far!  Don’t get there early, the gate doesn’t open until 8. Fee is$10 per person. We drove in and parked at the…

2 dogs, 1 hike

We hiked this last week, too, but had to turn around about a mile from the summit due to time constraints, so I’m so happy…

Wounded on Woodson

Fantastic day for a hike! Got to the summit early and avoided the crowds. It’s been a couple month and my boots let me know…

Hot Springs Mountain

Gate to get to the campground and trail head does not open until 8am. When you reach the stop sign at the entrance of Los…

Cuyamaca Peak

Had a rough start and felt fatigued but that’s likely due to the fact I’d had my first COVID vaccine the day before. Nice day,…

Volcan Mountain

This peak was sooo windy, loved it though. There was still snow in the ground!

Cuyamaca Peak

I took the fire road up and down this time. Clocked 6 miles. Fairly steep but not bad. Beautiful weather and views.

Up up and away

After the first 2 miles of of constant gain the scenery was outstanding. The pine trees were amazing.  Views from the summit are simple breathtaking.…

Air mail Express

Easy hike that was not strenuous. Went up on the side trail and came down on the main trail. Would rank this as a 4…

El Cajon Mountain

What a difficult hike!  Believe every word when you read reviews about being prepared, this hike is no joke!  The train is 11.3 miles from…

2nd Peak of SPPC SD-Cuyamaca Peak

We had a little trouble finding the peak but with the help of fellow hikers we were able to finally find the rock scramble that…

Cuy Cuyamaca

Didn’t have $10 cash so I used CC on the app, Park Pass & entered a code. The trail was great, definitely not 7.7 miles…

Potato Chip Rock

I really enjoyed this hike. It was a little steeper than the last route I took to Mount Woodson, but it was paved. I would…

Volcan Round 2

Great day for a hike. Started cool and was breezy at the top but warmed up nicely coming down. GPS will tell you to take…

That beast is steep

Second time doing this beast and combined it with nearby El Capitan on the occasion of my birthday. It was plenty warm already and there…

Volcan Mountain

A fun, fairly easy hike.  Jen & I took the alternate route of Five Oaks trail back down from the summit.  Nice views at the…

Mt. Woodson

Great Trail to summit Potato Chip from Lake Poway side. Parking was virtually empty with about 3 cars near the starting hiking point. I took…

Potato chips anybody?

The weather perfect for the hike.  Be prepared for all those steps on the trail.

MT. Woodson w/ Monita

Hike was a lot more difficult than I thought it would be. Granted I took the Poway Lake route because I had my dog and…

Mount Woodson

Time: 1:42 hrs Distance: 3.52 miles Elevation gain: 1,473 feet

El Cajon

Trail was good very well marked, steep sections, bees at the top. At the entrance of the trail there’s a mini fruit stand with delicious…

Mount Woodson from Lake Poway

Parked at Lake Poway. Well maintained dirt trail the entire way up. Hiked on a Monday and trail was not busy.  There was no wait…

Brrr…Its cold on Cuyamaca

A little snow and a little mud. Today there was a chilly wind which made it cold as you neared the peak and at the…

Punishing Winds on Volcan Mountain

Today’s hike to the summit of Volcan Mountain was crazy windy and cold. The trail was beautiful. We went up Volcan Trail and came back…

Volcan Mountain

This was my 3rd time climbing Volcan Mountain. The weather was sunny, but the temperature was in the low 50s. There was a nice breeze,…

Cuyamaca Peak

The snow is gone, thank goodness. However, still very cold. The wind today was crazy! This time we found the sign 😊

Climbing El Cajon Mountain

This was a tough, but fun hike. I felt like I was on the stairmaster for at least 3 hours. I thought the trail was…

Hot Springs Mountain

Nice walk up a mountain on a Sunday.  Got there early before the ranger station was open to take our $10/each. The first 2 miles…

Windy Cuyamaca Peak

Super windy today especially as we got closer to the summit. I definitely had to put my gloves on today. The views atop were worth…

Cuyamaca Peak w/Monita the Husky

Great little hike to take my dog on. I guess at this point she is doing the whole thing with me. Since she’s done 2/6.…

Volcan Victory

Pretty good incline for the first half of your way up. Bundle up – when you enter the open field near the monument where astronomers…

Volcan Mountain

This was a wonderful hike, I LOVE the cold so it didn’t bother me. However it was veeery windy at the top so be prepared.…

Hot Springs Peak

Some slush/ice but nothing serious. The first 2 miles are a beast then levels out into beautiful wooded areas. The view from the summit is…

Julian Mountain

Early morning hike. It was cold and windy 39 degrees. The trail was steep then leveled out a bit. Good exercise. The views are amazing.…

#4 of 6 – Cuyamaca Peak

Started the hike at 7 am.  It was a chilly morning.  There was still a little bit of snow on the ground.  Wind warning in…

San Diego’s tallest peak

Till the SD 6POP challenge didn’t even know what the SD tallest mountain was. Hot Springs Mt. is located on the Los Cayotes reservation. Gate…

El Cajon Mountain

My second time and I managed to beat my time by an hour+. Windy at the top, but worth the view and mental/physical challenge.

My longest hike so far

Those first 2 miles are no joke. After that part it was really scenic and had small patches of snow that were fun to hike…

Volcan Windy Hike

It was windy gust from 20-30 mph.  It was a short  and easy trail of 5 miles.  The wind did not deterred me.  I finished…

Gone with the wind

Today’s hike was very windy. Some areas winds were 20 to30 mph with Gusts of 40 mph

Windy volcán

Very nice weather, very windy and cold but perfect day

Cuyamaca Quads

We hiked the peak via Azalea Glen loop. We went up Lookout Road and then down on the trails for the loop. Lookout Road is…

Crisp Cuyamaca

I’ve not done much cold weather hiking so I really enjoyed the crisp morning hiking to to Cuyamaca Peak.  We took Azalea Glen Loop, there…

Cuyamaca Azalea Bloody Mary

Paid $10 at entrance. Just a few other cars in the lot at 7am but more showing up every minute. Nice hike through the trees…

Cuyamaca Peak

It was a beautiful, sunny morning. It was very windy at the top. There is still some snow on the sides of the trail. I…

Hot Springs, Highest Peak in SD

The trail was a fire road and easy to follow. More snow/ice than expected. To reach the summit, follow the pink ribbons to the rock,…

El Cap is the Boss

This hike is everything everyone says it is…Hard!! The first 3 miles are bearable but that last miles to the top are grueling.

Lookout High Point

It was a cool and clear day. The first 2 miles is a steep, rocky trail. I liked it. Then it’s a fire road the…

Sukat Hike

This was probably one of my harder hikes. But an amazing view at the top!!

Sunrise to sunset

Early morning meet up 6am.. First hike in a few months so i was excited.. Morning breeze was great. Not cloudy but the cool in…

Cuyamaca Peak

Started the hike using Lookout Fire Road adjacent to campsite #69. Bathrooms right next to this start point. Paved road to the summit. Returned via…

Loop to Cuyamaca peak

We took the Azalea Glen loop.  Some snow ice and mud along the hike.  The Conejos Trail  had spectacular views.  Once we got above the…

Cuyamaca Climb

Went up the fire road. Saw some big paw prints on the side of the road. Finding the fire road was surprisingly difficult. It’s near…

Mount Woodson via Fry-Koegel Trail

Great hike! The Fry-Koegel Trail section was our favorite part – soft dirt trail, trees and shade, and barely any people. The Mount Woodson section…

High Point Palomar

Solo hiked the High Point and the parking was nearly empty with the exception of 3 cars. The first 2 miles were brutal and steep.…

Oak Grove to High Point

Peak challenge complete after this hike.  Started the hike by 0645.  First two miles felt long.  Once on the service road it was a constant…

El Cajon Mountain aka “the beast”

This was hands down a burner.  Just when I thought we were done climbing I’d look ahead and there’s another climb. This one kicked my…

The Beast of San Diego

The weather was cool and the sky was clear. You can see downtown San Diego from the top. The hike itself is brutal. Ups and…

Who Needs a Stairclimber? (2 out of 6)

Pretty cool hike. Definitely would recommending stopping at different points along the switchbacks/stairs on the way up. Can get crowded and you pay to park…

No Chip Today

I drove down to visit a friend for the weekend and made the stop in Poway to make the climb. This is my first hike…

Up to Volcan Mountain

I started off this wonderful backcountry hike at sunrise. I was only the 2nd vehicle park on the road shoulder. It was a bit chilly,…

Potato Chip Rock/Mt Woodson

Great hike today, clear views, not too many other hikers and no wait to go on the chip. Lots of steps and uphill to get…

El Cajon Mountain Peak

Hike was awesome. Very challenging, views were spectacular. Started around 730am. Got back to the car in 7 hours. Trail well marked near the peak…

Volcan Mountain w/ 4yo Husky

Originally I had planned to hike with a couple buddies but last minute plans came up so I took my dog Monita. Wasn’t really steep.…

Chip’n away at the 6 peaks

Such a treat to have an afternoon off and bag a peak, Beautiful day, only a few others on the trail- no one at potato…

El Cajon Mountain

The hike was very intense very rocky and basically all uphill this was actually the hardest hike I have ever done in my life so…

Not So Hot on Hot Springs Mountain

Beautiful, breezy day to summit Hot Springs Mountain. There were just a few other hikers on the trail today. There are still areas with snow,…

This one is Unbelievable

I feel accomplished after completing this hike. The trail was rugged and rocky in places. Very steep ups and downs in others.  Definitely one of…

El Cajon is a beast

This peak was no joke! Just when you thought you are past the steepest and worst part you’re wrong, because it keeps getting worse and…

El Cajon

This was definitely a hard one!!

Butt-kicker

This was a mentally challenging hike. So many step climbs and descents. That goodness for the green sticks at the last half mile or we…

El Cajon 2021!

As usual it’s challenging trail, but well worth it!

El Cajon Mountain

This is my 4th time hiking this trail in my life.  I’ve twisted my ankle last October, so I brought my hiking poles and those…

Cuyamaca “freezing” peak

Ok!! Idk what was going on with me this day!! For the first time I didn’t use all trails and didn’t research the trail…BIG MISTAKE!…

Cuyamaca Peak

Windy, freezing, some snow, but manageable. Nice views and not to crowded. Wonderful.

Volcan Mountain with MYB

Hiked this trail with my friends America, Theo, and Kathie.  Of course Melissa and Pnut went with us too! Liked the red tree branches and…