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El Cajon Mountian

This was a tough hike. Not only were there lots of ups and downs, but it rained and hailed on us when we got to…

El Cajon Mountain

Started around 8:00 am and finished around 1:00 pm. It was supposed to rain today, although it never did. It was cold and very cloudy…

Ugh…The Wx Man sucks

Muddy in some areas, hiked on the 26 which the wx apps said had a limited window of no rain till the evening.  Lots of…

El Cajon Mountain, and El Capitan

Came to 11.9 miles, + 3701 ft, added El Capitan to it for a 0.2 mile addition each way.  My final hike of the challenges…

El Cajon Mtn

Such a beautiful hike. Definitely challenging at many points. Bit of a rock scramble to get to the top.

Day after Christmas hikr

Hiked after a recent rain storm,  trail was so what muddy but easy to walk with no issues, the las 1.5 miles to the summit…

El Cajon

This hike was HARD! Lots of up and down both ways. There was mud from the recent rain, slipped once. Due to the recent weather…

Cuyamaca Peak

This trail was mostly a service road but it was beautiful in the snow.

Cuyamaca Peak

This trail was mostly a service road.  The trail was very beautiful with intermittent snow.

Cuyamaca Peak

This trail was mostly a service road.  The trail was very beautiful with intermittent snow.

Cuyamaca Peak

This trail was mostly a service road.  The trail was very beautiful with intermittent snow.

Cuyamaca Peak

This trail was mostly a service road.  The trail was very beautiful with intermittent snow.

Mt Woodson/Potato Chip Rock

The trail is hard to find via google maps! The maps will take you to a private road, and from there its not possible to…

El Cajon

We had perfect weather for this hike!  We arrived at the trailhead at 5:30 so we had to park on the street. The trail head…

El cajon

It’s a great weather to hike El Cajon since it has no shade.  It’s also a good workout since the trail is up and down…

One and DONE

This was my final hike of this challenge. It was BEAUTIFUL! The views are incredible. Was neat to see other peaks and be able to…

Grandpa’s Birthday Hike!

This was a great hike and was done on Grandpa’s birthday because he would have loved this one! We, of course, left our crampons in…

Cuyamaca

Nice loop starting from close to the Paso Picacho campground. Sad not to be able to bring my dog, but still worth it. Loved the…

High Point Palomar

My first “snow” hike….first two miles up are the last 2 down and they Suck!

Up, up and away

The first 2 miles were a hard incline but it didn’t stop there, it was incline all the way up.  There was patches of snow…

Up, up and away

The first 2 miles were a hard incline but it didn’t stop there, it was incline all the way up.  There was patches of snow…

High Point

This was a tough hike and dare I say, was as hard as El Cajon…maybe even harder due to the snow/ice we encountered. I would…

A winter Hike

The trail was extremely steep for the first several miles. Once reaching the fire road there were icy stretches we had to navigate all the…

Oak Grove Trail to High Point

I really liked this hike! The first couple miles had a lot of incline (but not as difficult as Hot Spring in my opinion), but…

High point

Started off cold. First 2 miles are steep and rocky. Climbed to fire road. Once I hit fire road it was much smoother and not…

El Cajon Mountain

Great weather. Little bit of rocks to get to summit but trail well-marked.

Cold Springs Mountain

Way more snow and ice than expected. Be very careful, we fell a few times. The ladder and rope at the top is pretty scary…

El Cajon is not for el debil (weak)

While this hike was long and difficult due to all the steep inclines it was very scenic and beautiful especially when you get near the…

El Cajon

Started early when it was still cool. Weather turned warm as the day progressed. Passed a lot of fellow hikers and runners on the trail.…

Hot Springs

Not that great of a hike, bugs weren’t bad this time of year.  Only did it to get the six peaks.

Final peak

Steady uphill! Fun to see some snow although it is slippy in some areas.

Tasty Potato Chip

This is my last peak to complete the 2021 San Diego 6POP. I wanted to avoid any crowds so I went on a Thursday. I…

snow!

Beautiful day for a hike. A few icy patches about midway up the trail so we had to be extra careful but when we got…

Palomar High

The first couple of miles were steep uphill, nice trail with switchbacks, good condition. Then fire road the rest of the way. Snow and ice…

Cuyamaca Peak

Beautiful hike from Paso Picacho. Just 5-ish miles and about 1,000 ft up. Not bad but steep at times…a really easy downhill on the way…

El Cajon Mountain

It was a tough hike but the weather was perfect.  The views from the top are amazing and everyone I met along the way was…

Volcan Mountain

Nice 5 mile out and back hike. Views at the top are amazing.

Cold Hot Springs

In my opinion,  the first 2 miles is the hardest part of the hike.  You’re gradually climbing and it’s exposed. After that we were in…

High point

First two miles or so are challenging but fun then you’re pretty much on a dirt road the rest of the way. This was our…

Downtown to palomar views

It was a nice clear day. Walked along the fore road. Started off seeing trees burned by a previous fire. Once reaching the top, the…

Volcan Mtn

My favorite of the 6. This trail has everything and the views are amazing!

Killer Cajon

I don’t know if it’s the most difficult hike in San Diego as everyone claims, but it is a challenging hike. The weather was perfect…

Palomar/High Point

Started at 8:30am. It was a chilly morning bit had the additional layers off in the 1st 2 miles. The first couple of miles are…

Hot Springs Mountian

The Hot Springs Mountian is on the Los Coyotes Reservation. There is a guard gate and many other hikers stated on line to pay the…

High Point “Butt Buster “

Beautiful but very difficult! My 13 years old was able to do it. Great bird viewing. Chilly in the morning, but very nice when not…

Hot Springs Mountain Trail

Mostly a wide fire road and fairly easy.  It was a brisk 36 degrees in the morning when we got there.  Saw no one on…

High Point

It’s perfect weather to hike High Point.  The first two miles was inclined moderately.  There were only few hikers on Sunday

El Cajon Mountain – For Steve

This was definitely the hardest hike in the pack. The sawtooth elevation change made the trek down almost as challenging as the trek up. But…

Winter Winds

It was a sunny day, however cold winds on the way up. Took the five oaks trail which gave some great scenes of the valley…

The One We Dreaded

This is the hike we were going to save for last and finish with a bang, but decided to knock it out. Because I had…

The One We Were Afraid Of

This hike was not nearly as bad as we were expecting. We wanted to save this hike for last, dreading how hard it would be,…

First Solo Hike

My first solo hike ever! Loved this trail. I went during the week and there was a steady stream of people on the trail but…

Mystical Volcan

Morning hike before the rain. Loved the rising Sun through the clouds, and one looking like a flying saucer. Main trail up, Five Oaks down.

Hot Springs

Great trail..a little long for my liking but gorgeous views at the top! After the first two miles is a lot easier.

Hot Springs Mountain

We started this hike around noon. It was warmer out than expected, but there was a breeze to keep us cool. Reasonably steep incline for…

El Cajon + El Capitan

Nice day for El Cajon & El Cap. Even in December 70’s days the sun gets warm but the fun elevation profile sings are still…

Hot Springs Mtn

Lovely day for a hike, perfect weather. Met two other Six-Packers (Antoinette and Alyssa (sorry if spelling is incorrect!) and had some nice company on…

High Point hike

Long hike, but it was a nice day for a hike and I had great company!

Up Hill Both Ways

Very hot even though temps were only 66 midday. Started at 7:20 and it still was too late even in the winter. Very hard and…

High Point Lookout

First two miles is single track, then it opens up to a dirt road all the way to the summit. It’s a gradual climb all…

Pines and views

The first part of the hike was open with no tree cover. Half way up the trail took us though more scenic pines. The top…

High Point

We left our campsite and started the trail in the late afternoon. Started off as a dirt trail, but most of the hike ended up…

The Sun Also Sets at Palomar

This was the last hike of the Challenge and I decided to finish it on this day. Although I didn’t get to the trailhead till…

Cuyamaca Fall Hike

This was such a beautiful day for a hike. It was cool & sunny. We started on the trail at about 9am on the Azalea…

Saved the hardest for last…

This hike was a tough, tough hike with the steep hills going up and down. The rocks and gravel also made it challenging. But, if…

High Point-Palomar Mountain

This hike was a continuous incline to the top. Weather was very warm starting out but as the sun began to set, the trail got…

Alone Time

Beautiful day With perfect weather. I really like the first part of the trail. The views are beautiful and I enjoyed talking with the volunteer…

El Cajon Mtn

This is the most challenging of the 6 Social Hiker.  I was surprised by the number of people that have done it multiple times.

On top of the Clouds

Frye koegel leads you through a trail of oak trees. Then you climb until you get to more open views and finally reach the infamous…

A pleasant stroll

This one was a good workout, but not too hard that it was unenjoyable. I liked seeing all the different types of trees too. Also…

In the clouds at El Cajon

We started early in the morning and it was like being in the clouds. Was so beautiful. It’s a long hike but was very pretty…

Woodson from Fry-Koegel

Great hike! Woodson via Fry-Koegel is my favorite way to summit. It provides beauty as well as is easier than the other two ways with…

Saved the best for last

Mentally prepped for this hike but should have focused more on physically prepping with shorter hikes during the week and hydrating two days before. All…

Hot Springs Mountain

Beautiful day. Great view all around. A bit windy at the top. Only passed two other hikers.

Worth the drive!

What a beautiful hike! Although the first couple miles were tough, uphill with no shade, the weather was pleasant and it was still enjoyable. Once…

El Cajon Mountain Trail

My last of the stupid, Yahoo ? The hike is beautiful with the most amazing views. But what a butt kicker. Definitely a tough hike.

Hot Springs Mountain

Beautiful day for Hot Springs. The summit boulder had a ladder today, but it’s always sketchy when solo.

High Point with High Spirit

Being the last one on my list of the SD Six-Pack, I have been looking forward to the hike with excitement and anticipation. The trail…

Long, beautiful and worthy

When we started this hike, it was just us and no one else on the trail. It did not feel a overcrowded hike at all.…

High Point

This is a tough hike! The first two miles are on a narrow single track trail that winds up the steep hillside with many rocks…

Cool hike in hot springs

It was a beautiful day for a hike. It was not hot at all however it was a little chilly when we arrived. Trail was…

Emerald Forest

Great hike today. Perfect weather, no wind and beautiful views. Loved all the greenery hiking through the forest and climbing up the ladder and ropes…

Hot Springs Mt

It was a cool day which made for great hiking weather. The first 2 miles were pretty steep and a bit difficult, but the rest…

Hot Springs Mountain

Trail is fire road all of the way up, which is either good or bad depending on your personal preferences. Weather was perfect, no bugs…

Hot Springs Mountain

It’s a nice day to hike the mountain with temperature in the 70’s. Only a few other groups of hikers along the entire out and…

Hot Springs Mtn.

My daughter and I enjoyed this lovely hike on 11/27… the weather was very mild and the hike was moderately strenuous after the first two…

High point

Soo did not know the observatory was closed so some trespassing required. Hunting also in full effect.

High Point

Decided that the best way to spend Black Friday was up in the mountains instead of sitting at the computer looking for bargains on stuff…

Volcan

Nice hike! Took Five Oaks up and Volcan down. Cool and windy towards the summit.

High Point Palomar

Cool, breezy, and beautiful day to knock out HP solo. Only 2 other groups and another solo.

Potato Chip Peak

I wish I would have started earlier so that I could have been the first one to summit. I ended up being the 5th.

High Point via Oak Ridge

Second time doing High Point.  Not the most enjoyable hike this one.  But incline all way up and decline all way back.

High hopes for High Point

Pretty long hike.  Longer than what was on all trails. Not a bad hike the view was not as exciting as I was expecting but…

Long but Beautiful

Absolutely loved this hike. It was one of my firsts in the area and I am glad I did it during this time. It was…

Cool Afternoon at Hot Springs

This was an all afternoon hike that lasted until sunset. I arrived at the parking lot at around 12:00 noon but by around 12:15 I…

Potato Chip

Second time hiking this trail. Great cardio! Passed lots of fellow hikers on the trail.

Mt Woodson

Significantly less crowded than we expected!

The chip n dip

Trail conditions were very clear and the weather was perfect! Got started in the fog and it cleared up around 10. Not too crowded a…

Oak Grove Trail to High Point

Second go at this trail was a success! My not-quite-broken-in hiking boots gave me so many blisters during the first two miles up when I…

Mount Woodson

Friends visiting San Diego so we went to the potato chip!

Truly Uphill Both Ways

I saved the hardest for last. This was like it was described many places. It has uphill both ways, although the way back was much…

Mt Woodson

8 am start on loop so shaded on descent so weather tolerable.

Mount Woodson

Did the 5.5 mile loop starting at Mount Woodson Rd & Hwy 67  for this trip up.  Wanted to do something different than the usual…

Hottest Hike of the Year

We chose the absolute worst day to do this hike! Very hot and sunny, high 80s, but there was still a surprising amount of people…

Hot a$$ elcajon

Wow, crazy hard trail it’s up there because of the intense heat and intervals nearly the entire time at the begging. Wasn’t that bad, I…

Slippery slope in Palomar

Longest hike I’ve been in thus far but good. The first couple of miles was the steepest and where we took the most breaks. Not…

Palomar Mountain

Grueling is an accurate description for this hike.  It was HARD!  I started early and had the trail pretty much to myself.  I’m glad I…

Chips ahoy

The minute I saw the lake at the beginning of the hike I knew this was going to be beautiful. It was so peaceful and…

And that makes 6!

So quite possibly picked the warmest day to go. I’ve been waiting for the weather to cool down and thought mid-November would be good, NOT.…

Nice and Quick

this trail will give you a chance to say “WOW” multiple times. With good big trees, the view changes drastically as you reach the top.…

Hike 6 of 6 Oak Grove Trail

Good hike. Not much shade. Narrow trail, but not many people out. Very challenging with constant inclines, loose gravel and larger rocks.