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Cuyamaca Peak

Started at 7am via Azalea Glen Loop trail which is a beautifully shaded trail which parallels a creek for a bit (100% better than taking…

Vulcan Mountain

the weather was clear and sunny with a breeze. My favorite thing was the intermittent patches of shade.

Potato Chip

Holy smokes.  It was much harder than expected.  I took my 9 year old daughter.   She rocked it.   We never found the geo…

Cool Azalea Glen Loop

The first time I hiked this peak it was just up and down the fire road. Today, we hike the Azalea Glen Loop, which was…

El Cajon and el Capitán

I forgot how tough this one is. Seriously uphill both ways. But so much fun. Great challenge and beautiful views from the top. Everyone I…

Red Loop Flashbacks

#4 Hike of San Diego Six Peaks. Note, it is $10 per person, not car to enter the reserve. Ranger Station opens at 8 am,…

The Penultimate Peak

Almost there for the 6-Pack Challenge with this ascent of Cuyamaca Peak.  Went on the Azalea Glen Trail from the parking lot, passing the morteros…

High Above the Clouds

Holy Moly!!! -1st the hike was tough, the first 2 miles really kicked my butt. (I wanted to quit right from the beginning), once we…

#5 Cuyamaca

Because my hiking buddy has 4 legs and fur, we had to take the paved fire road the entire way.

Above the Clouds

It was a dreary day in San Diego, but we were above the clouds and had a beautiful hike. It was pretty windy at the…

High Point Mountain

Went with #slownsteadysocal group, we finally completed the San Diego challenge. It’s been a great challenging experience, so glad we did it

Good day for a hike!

After a little over 5 hours we completed the hike to High Point (6,200 ft elevation), near Warner Springs. The weather was great, with an…

Potato Chip Rock

The hike was fun, intense, and a bit scary at the end. The trail conditions were good for the time being and the weather was…

High Point was a Hot Point!

#6/6 and San Diego 6POP Completed! We started at 6:30 and the temp was 41°. The Oak Grove Trail was clearly marked and easy to…

Don’t do this hike on a hot day

Challenging hike made worse by the heat. The summit was beautiful and we were the only ones up there. Coming down was pretty easy but…

Alone Atop san Diego County

Started early (9:30 am) and encountered only two other people all day.  Didn’t attempt the final scramble up the rock to the USGS marker.  Nevertheless…

Cuyamaca Peak

Small group this time. Just me, Lynn, and Lori. I drove to the campsite where we picked up the head to the trail. It was…

Potato Chip

Mt. Woodson is an awesome hike. Highly recommend going in the morning before the crowds and bring plenty of water and wear proper foot attire…

Great incline hike!

The hike was at an incline the whole way up. The weather was perfect 65 degrees.

Peak #4 Palomar High Point

Hiked with my dog Kona. Started off with grey skies and mist. When Oak Grove trail reached the fire road we were greeted to clear…

Potato Chip Rock

this was a good one. hit the trail in the am to beat the crowd. had a small wait to take that one pic

Blowing away on Hot Springs Mtn

It was a windy and refreshing day and we only passed about 17 hikers which was wonderful. I think the hardest part about this one…

High Point

Great day for a hike!! No bugs!

Beautiful day above the clouds!!

had an amazing hike to High Point. Only ran into about six people and one of them was the volunteer at the tower. not too…

No low points on this hike

Great hike!  Those first few miles were a calf burner!  Such a satisfying feeling when you reach the point. We passed by  a snake summing…

Ups and Downs

Beautiful blue skies, some clouds – perfect weather, high 60’s – not crowded – rough terrain, but much better than times before (it’s been smoothed…

The Beast of San Diego part 2

Attacked the Beast one more time. This time with my son and dog. The weather was good for the hike. Once again the Beast did…

Asphalt Hike

This is an interesting hike being all on paved road. Because it’s a paved road designed for the vehicles servicing the antenna site at the…

High Point Palomar

First 2 miles were very steep and challenging, once we hit the road it was fine. Going back down those steep miles near the trailhead…

Lake Poway to Mt. Woodson

My friend and I started our hike from Lake Poway at 6:30am.the weather started out cool but pleasant.  The hike was nice.  This was a…

Climbing To Get To High Point

It was a wonderful afternoon to hike the Oak Grove Trail to High Point.  The trail was in great shape and I met several people…

Palomar Mountain

First two miles up were pretty steep and slippery with loose dirt and rocks.  Other than that it’s a nice hike.

That one chip

First time hiking Mt. Woodson! I’ve always seen the potato chip photos and was curious to see it in person. Lucky for me, this challenge…

Morning El Cajon Hike

It was a nice up to El Cajon Mountain. I started at 520 am and finished around 10:00am. I would highly recommend starting early as…

Volcan Mountain #stayready

Beautiful hike with perfect weather and beautiful wildflowers. Trail is well maintained. It wasn’t too crowded. Took Five Oaks Trail on the way down. Was…

Hot Springs

First couple miles are steep. Not bad though. Gate was locked until 8am so you can’t get there early and pay on the way out.

#6 High Point

This is a beautiful hike. It was not as bad as El Cajon. Lots of rocks that you have to navigate going up an down.…

Oak grove trail to high point

This was a tough one. Ugh, high elevation.  The way  down  the trail was tough since the last few miles were rocky and uneven.  It…

Hot Springs

Great hike, not too hot. The first couple of mile were as described- steep & no cover. There were a lot of California poppies blooming…

Hot Springs Mountain

Perfect day! Great weather, not too hot or cold.  Grateful for a partial cloud cover on the descent.  Beautiful fields of poppies and views at…

Can’t talk gotta burn 🍑🔥

Sun-kissed and a gentle breeze fanned the whole way, a perfect spring day out there. They’re not kidding it’s uphill both ways. And wild lilac…

Hot Springs Mountain

I met with a group called Trail Gems 50+.  Very nice women.  It was a beautiful day and the poppies were blooming.

#5 Hot Springs

First two miles were steep but all in all a beautiful hike

Last but not Least

To conclude my SD challenge, it was just right to hike the highest peak in SD county. We were by the office at exactly 8am…

Hot Springs Mountain Trail

The first two miles were pretty steep and warm. Once we got into the trees, the incline was more gradual and there was a little…

Ice cream for Breakfast!

Started hike around 8AM, and there were enough parking on the side of the road.  There are four portable restrooms right at the start of…

#5 Hot Springs Mtn

Started at 8am on a cool saturday morning with family. Skies are clear and great day to be hiking this place.

Wild Flower Child

Great hike and amazing views!! Hiked up the Five Oaks Trailhead, and then joined the main trail up to the peak.  Many wild flowers and…

Back to Woodson

Initially intending to hike El Cajon I changed my plans at the last  minute due to a late start and time constraints and decided to…

Wild Flower Child

Great hike and amazing views!! Hiked up the Five Oaks Trailhead, and then joined the main trail up to the peak.  Many wild flowers and…

Hot Springs Mtn

Absolutely beautiful views, stunning forest and amazing scenery.  Loved this hike!

Sooooo many wildflowers

The weather was overcast  as we drove to the trailhead. But as soon as we got there it had cleared, making seeing the city from…

Hot Springs

First 2 miles is a calf burner, steady uphill. Weather was perfect. You’ll be greeted with the stunning views at the summit! This completes this…

2021 Hot Springs Moutain

Perfect peak to finish this San Diego Challenge! Perfect weather too! Hot Springs is always fun. As expected, first two miles is intense and no…

Not so Hot Springs Mountain

This was a GREAT hike!  Our clan started at 12:33 pm and ended at 5:33 pm. Our pace was steady but not fast as we…

Road to Hot Springs

Took the two hour drive down from LA and hit the trail shortly after 9:30 am. The first two miles were steep and my lack…

Beautiful Hike!!!

This was my first time on this hike. It was beautiful! Gates do not open until 8:00a and you must pay $10 per person (not…

That was Hard Hot Springs Mountain

This is a very good trail, actually a fire road that is in good condition.  The first two miles are very tough and almost all…

Potato Chip Rock Hike

Went up to Potato Chip the back way starting by the golf course, the Fry Koegel Trail. The trail is beautiful and less trafficked, love…

Got High by myself on a Thursday

I couldn’t wait for 4/20 to get High (Point). I had the major munchies on top, good thing I packed that burrito! Great hike, I…

The lone hiker

It was a beautiful day! I got there around 9am, there was only one other car parked near the trailhead. Across the street there were…

Potatoe, potatow

Wonderful mid week jaunt. Very few other hikers and had the chip all to myself at one point.

Mount Woodson

Hardly anyone around on a Monday mid-day.  Hot, but beautiful views of Lake Poway which was pretty glassy.

Sunday stroll

Entered via service road to peak. Started overcast ended Clear sky. Cool/warm. Enjoyed the view an wildlife moving around. Birds of kind moving about an…

Volcan Views

My Friend, Cindy, and I started a little after 7am.  It was a perfect time to start.  It wasn’t too crowded.   This hike was…

Wow that was a long way!

What a great hike  to end the six peak challenge on ! We left early 6:30 AM to beat the heat … really glad we…

Palomar Hot Buzz

Started out from Oak Grove trailhead, strenuous single track without shade until maybe halfway up. Lots of nats flying in my face…made it to the…

Hot Springs Mountain

We started our hike at 9am and although there were some cars there before us, we didn’t see another person until we were halfway to…

High point high note

Wow.  This was a very enjoyable hike with lots of wildlife along the way.  Quail, horny toads, lizards, rabbits, rattlesnakes, and lots of birds all…

Mt Woodson

I have always been afraid of doing this for some reason but I did it!

High Point Palooza

Oops, posted previously under Hot Springs by accident…Started out from Oak Grove trailhead, strenuous single track without shade until maybe halfway up. Lots of nats…

First time at High Point

Headed up the first couple miles is single track, loose dirt/gravel and rocky.  Then, you reach a wide fire road type trail.  Everything well marked. …

Cuyamaca

Beginning through a meadowy area, turns a little rocky at some points, fire road to beautiful summit views.

El Cajon

Weather was pretty good. Nice breeze most of the day.

High Point Palomar

Not as hard as El Cajon, but difficult dealing with the gnats (they were constantly around). Saw two rattlers, a horny toad, lots of lizards,…

Julian Apple Pie Reward…

My husband and I did Volcan Mountain near Julian. The hike was moderate climb but the views were absolutely amazing! We went first thing in…

Sunday fun Day….1st of 6

Ok, So I was never very good at this whole writing thing. so if any one is reading bear with me. I did this hike…

Mt Woodson Amongst the Crowds

Forget how challenging this hike can be. Started the lake Poway Loop counterclockwise, hiked up Woodson, and then completed the loop. Beautiful day, tons of…

Palomar HP

Drove to the locked gate and walked the short distance.

Cuyamaca Peak

Drove out the night before and stayed as Paso Picacho Campground – highly recommend! Hiked up the non-paved road side of the loop first, and…

A Volcan Hello…

Wanted an easy hiking day, and my friend Ted had never done it. We took 5 Oaks on the way up, and the main road…

El Cajon Mountain

When you run into a random trail runner who asks “Excuse me, do you know what all this craziness is?” you realize you may have…

High point

Very warm and clear day and exposed trail. Flies, gnats and bees were everywhere. I got stung near summit. Only a handful of other groups…

Potato Chip

Great hike, beautiful views and flowers were  blooming

Hot Springs Mountain

This was a tough one. Hit about 1,100 feet by mile 2. It was soo beautiful though. Everything was green, the wildflowers were blooming, weather…

The little Big mountain

Did this as my second peak in the day and it was tough! Normally it’s a good workout but today it was just super exhausting!…

Longest hike yet!

This is my longest hike yet! It was also hotter than we anticipated and so I ended with a sunburn. I made it to the…

Hot Springs Mtn

Awesome 360 views, perfect weather. First two miles are a nice challenge but it eases out the rest of way to the summit. Loved it.

Mt Woodson Amongst the Crowds

Forget how challenging this hike can be. Started the lake Poway Loop counterclockwise, hiked up Woodson, and then completed the loop. Beautiful day, tons of…

Mount Woodson/Potato Chip Rock

Very busy for 8:00 in the morning on a Friday. The light mist off the lake breaking during the ascent made for a picture perfect…

Burn my legs off

4/8/21 10:07 Mt. Woodson trailhead (out) 10:50 Mt. Woodson summit 10:57 Potatochip rock 11:54 Mt. Woodson trailhead (back)

One day Two peaks

4/8/21 13:14 Trail Entrance (out) 15:10 Hot Springs Mountain summit 15:26 signed summit register 17:15 Trail Entrance (back)

One day Two peaks

4/8/21 13:14 Trail Entrance (out) 15:10 Hot Springs Mountain summit 15:26 signed summit register 17:15 Trail Entrance (back)

Exhausting and WOW!

As many have reported, the first 2 miles are the most difficult especially if you are not used to altitude. It really gets your lungs…

Mt Woodson

It was a nice day for a hike. There’s not much shade on the trail so brings lots of water and sunscreen.

Windy peak at Volcan Mountain

Beautiful time of year to hike this peak the hills were all green and alive. I brought my dog Tito and he enjoyed it. We…

Volcan Mountain

Started at the bottom of Vocan mountain wilderness preserve and headed out. This time Lynn brought Tito, her lab. At one point in the hike…

Hot Springs

What a beautiful trail! We did this hike on a Thursday and started right at 8(gate doesn’t open till8). The first 2 Mike’s were a…

Potato Chip Rock

Early start to beat the heat. Sunny with little shade. Popular but not too crowded.

Salty potato chip

Weather was great at the start 7am. On the way down it reached 80°. Starting to get hot! Hike over all was great! Lots of…

High up on High Point

Blue bird day that started out chilly and warmed up quickly. The wildflowers were blooming. We saw bunnies, lizards, horny toads, and a rattlesnake. The…

High Point Palomar

It was not too hot which was perfect. We got a little turned around at the start because we were supposed to wrap around the…

Eat sleep walk repeat

4/4/21 09:48 Volcan Mountain trailhead 10:06 Five Oaks trail 11:13 Volcan Mountain summit 12:14 Hubbell gateway  

Volcan Mt

Nice short hike. Super windy at the peak.

Lone hiker

4/4/21 13:17 Cuyamaca peak trail 14:40 Cuyamaca peak 15:51 Paso picacho campground parking lot  

High point

I started at 6:45am beautiful morning a little windy at the top. two hikers passed me in the morning didn’t see anyone until I was…

Cuyamaca Peak

Left from Paso Picacho Campground where we had stayed for the night.  The trail is a paved fire road, but is possible to take Azalea…

Breakfast Hike

Fun hike with the reward of great views and some interesting historical points of interest. The trail is in great shape, and the weather conditions…

Mt. Woodson – Spring 2021

We decided to change our plans and hike Mt. Woodson, instead of our previously planned hike. Glad we did. It was a beautiful day, with…

Volcan

Parking on the sides. Trail starts at the start of the road. Lots of incline. Mostly under sun, only few have cover. Bring water. Nice…