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Corte Madera

Great day to hike early. Really enjoyed this hike and mountain is incredible.

Cuyamaca peak

Was a nice hike up going counter clockwise on the loop.  A lot of mosquitos.  Going down was all paved road and hot

Pal-Oh-My-Goodness It Was Hot!

My hiking partner had never been to High Point- we started slightly after 6 AM; would have been better to start an hour earlier but…

High Point Lookout

Nice cardio workout, the first 2 miles. At the peak we met a man named Craig Lake, who was working at the tower lookout, very…

High Point Look Out

Great cardio the first 2 miles with my trailsisters. At the peak we met Craig Lake who was  working at the Tower Lookout, very knowledgeable…

Cuyamaca Peak

Great Sunday for a hike and beat the heat.

Hot Springs Mountain

The day was cool and overcast, and surprisingly the legs felt fresh. Again, the first two miles were the most exposed and steepest (sorta). The…

High Point

This mountain was tough, physically and mentally. It introduces itself with two miles of a steep climb on loose rock and scree. Spoiler alert, that’s…

Corte Madera

This hike hit all the right notes straight from the start. It starts in a canyon that winds its way up an ATV road with…

Cuyamaca Peak

Beautiful hike! Azalea Glen was a bit over grown, but very shaded. Conejos was a challenging section, but it had the best views. No sign…

Day 2: 2 Mountains in 1 Day!

We did this loop backwards! We wanted to be on the dirt trail on the front end and be on the paved road on the…

Volcan Mountain

Started at 7:40am to beat warm weather. The weather was nice. Cool breeze at top of hike. Lots of shady coverage during the incline portion…

Corte Madera

Great hike, trails narrow lots of bushes get ready for multiple scratches.

16 Miles, Three Peaks, One Hike

Also working on the Sierra Club HPS, so I wanted to cross off all three peaks in the area in a single loop hike. I…

El Cajon Mtn Never Disappoints

This was not our first hike of El Cajon Mountain so we knew what to expect…for first-timers please read below. We started the hike at…

Start early

I wish I started earlier so I didn’t burn going down.

Volcan

Beautiful! An absolute must do again. I’d love to bring my dog but there are a lot of foxtails on the more single track route…

Cuyamaca paved?!

We were doing a double so chose to take the fastest route up which was paved. Yuck. Powered thru to just get it done. Ran…

Hot Springs Mountain

Like a few reported on alltrails.com, there were three or four spots where gnats were annoying – but not enough to detract from the hike.…

Volcan/Cuyamaca Double

Did Volcan and Cuyamaca in the same day. Volcan: trail and weather were perfect. Very scenic hike with lots of variety. Did the fire road…

Volcan/Cuyamaca Double (Cuyamaca)

Did Volcan and Cuyamaca in the same day. Cuyamaca was the 2nd of the 2 hikes and the third peak of our challenge. In the…

El Cajon.. El Strenuous!

I started this hike at around 6AM. The parking lot was closed but I was able to park on the side of the road. There…

The Finale

The best trail out of the 6! Beautiful views, greenery/shade, blooming flowers, and very maintained trail. The rope was difficult to climb since I had…

Not hot, no springs.

Saved the best hike for last. This trail had some gorgeous views on a cool June morning. Hiking through the trees and shade was a…

Corte Madera

Second hike of our San Diego 6-pack of peaks complete. Beautiful day but it was warm on descent. We started around 8AM and it took…

A Molten-less Mountain

Hike #31 of 2022 ✔️ Volcan Mountain to Five Oaks Trail ✔️ What a beautiful day. ☀️ There was a slight chill to the air…

Cuyamaca Peak

It was nice, huffing and puffing on some parts but it was nice and quiet.

Friday Fun

Trail is very overgrown make sure you download the app before you go to have the map. Also note that the rest area (in Jeff’s…

Stone Jumping

Got to the hike around 9am, the weather was already in the mid 80’s but it didn’t even feel hot as I was hiking. It…

Volcan Mountain

Completed the first of the Six Pack of Peaks today at Volcan Mountain. I have hiked this trail one other time, in January 2018, when…

Cuyamaca lookout Peak

This was a beautiful hike with wild flowers, birds, squirls, bunnys, burnt down trees, some beutiful grown trees, a cool breeze near the top, and…

A Breeze up the Mountain

Decided to do this one with my parents. The weather was perfect to do the hike. A strong breeze was felt all the way up…

SD Challenge Complete!

It was my first time hiking to High Point and I loved this trail!  Ditto what everyone says about it- the first 2 miles are…

Hot.. Hot Springs Mountain!

What a hot day! I actually went past the restrooms and parked where I saw other cars.. then about 1/4 mile in I realized I…

Feelin’ Hot Hot Hot

Don’t complete this hike on a hot day! We started at 2:50am and finished at 10:00am. All T rails said it was 13 miles, 7…

There’s gold in them hills

Hiked at 2:30am to avoid the heat predicted to be 98 degrees by mid day. The morning hours were a delightful crossing of microclimates on…

Serenity in San Diego

Absolutely beautiful view from the summit. I started late (9am) due to a finger injury in the early morning. I worried that it would get…

Volcan Mountain Trail

The hike was great, I invited my non hiker bff and she did great. I thought she was going to turn around especially after spotting…

Buzzing Up To Cuyamaca peak

We took the Azaela loop option and came down the fire road. Fire road is quite steep so if you have knee issues keep that…

Hawt Springs Mountain

It was hot.  Brought plenty of water, took lots of breaks, made it up and down without using all of our water!  Was cool to…

Hiking Hot, Hot, High Point

Palomar Mountain was a moderately challenging hike with lots of stunning views along the way.  We camped out at Oak Grove Campground to get an…

Step 1: Volcan Mountain

Nice hike to do if you want to knock one out pretty quickly. Took a little less than 2 hours. Started to heat up by…

I passed out but made it to the top

This hike had me push beyond my body’s limits, the first 3 miles of this hike are strenuous to say the least. It’s going all…

Observing Palomar Mountain

Drove 13 miles up the ridge cliff-face, definitely the sketchiest drive I’ve ever done. Only do in a high clearance AWD. Bugs at the peak…

Spiders, snakes and flies- oh my!

As the title suggest, the trail was alive with all sorts of creepy crawly critters this morning!  Great views throughout the hike.  Lots of shady…

The Final Hike

My final hike of the 6 Pack challenge, and definitely the toughest. Fortunately the difficult uphill climbs were fairly spread out, so you weren’t doing…

The Hike of Hell

This hike is not for the faint of heart.  It’s difficult, up and down the entire way, and we basically wanted to die.  I’ve never…

El Cajon

The hike was tough, lots of hard work. Constant relentless ups and downs. Lots of very active bees on the path.

Last one — Palomar

Tried to start as early as possible but it still got really warm. Bugs were driving me crazy! But the hike is beautiful the whole…

El Cajon Mountain Trail

Long and climby!  We started at 0800 so it warmed up fairly quickly.  Not much shade.  Lots of other hikers.

One and done!

I have a hike to sell you! Do you like being 100% exposed while hiking? For 8 hours? Do you like taking a gallon of…

Volcan Mountain!

Saw a rattlesnake, so be careful. Took five oaks trail alternative on the way up and went down the Volcan Mountain Trail. Definitely a good…

El Cajon was challenging

Saved the hardest for Last in the SD6POPC. This is my 3rd time summiting El Cajon. My time was definitely better even after tweaking my…

Volcan Mtn

The least challenging of the SD hikes.  Good workout all the same.

Annoying bugs cuyamaca

Great weather a bit hot in the 70• but the bugs horrible, no one but just is on the trail

High Point Lookout

Second time on this hill.  Bugs were brutal but I had netting for my head.  Beautiful views!

hotspringsmountain

Great weather, great trail, great friends but a lot of pesky bugs!

Hot Springs Mountain

Beautiful day in the trail. Started at 8am and weather was perfect. Scramble to the top at the end was scary and fun!

Nice climb up

The first two miles were challenging and we were so glad we started early when it was cool and foggy! The next 4.5 miles to…

Corte Madera…a new fave!

Hiked March 19, 2022. Such a lovely & scenic trail. Yeah, we saw the Half Dome of SD 🙂 Looking forward to hiking this on…

A Steady Ascent Above the Mist

This was one of those hikes that leaves you knocked out cold by 5:55pm with your chilled, half-eaten dinner left out to follow suit. First…

Hot Springs…foggy on the road

Such a dramatic foggy morning on the road going to the trailhead. We thought it was going to rain because when we left home it…

Hot springs

Weather was perfect, hike was not challenging, last rock scramble to the summit was fun! Great 360 views at the top. Probably my favorite of…

Colorful HighPoint

The blooming wildflowers were certainly a colorful feast to our eyes and that which made for the long mileage trek a bit bearable & enjoyable.…

Tough El Cajon

Tough hike! Almost didn’t make it. Just didn’t feel good a whole lot; queasy, internal body getting warmer & warmer. At mile 3, I took…

Head in the clouds

This is a great blend of uphill with periodic flat sections for resting heart rate.  Cloud levels we think almost misty how early we started.…

Volcan…then to Cuyamaca

Did a two-peak hike on March 12, 2022; Volcan & Cuyamaca. First time taking the Five Oaks Trail on our way back. Absolutely a nice,…

El Cajon Rocks!

This one is for the records!   Elevation gain, views and rock climbing make this one to remember!

Volcan Mtn Peak

It was a very windy foggy day so we did not get to see the views but will be back!

One down Five to go !!

Started at the Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve at around 10:00 AM, took the five oaks trail to the summit and returned to the trailhead around…

Volcan mountain

Great hike. weather was overcast with strong winds.

Volcan Mountain

Amazing, short hike. Great views and intermittent shade make for a magical experience! We will be back!

The Half Dome Of San Diego

We got lucky with a beautiful sunny day that wasn’t too hot. Not too many people on the trail but the two main parking areas…

Hurricane Volcan

May 28, 2022 My husband and I hiked Volcan mountain. It was a beautiful day at first. This was the best time I’ve hiked Volcan…

Beautiful Cuyamaca

Beautiful hike today, only saw 3 others on the trail all morning long.  Lots of wildflowers blooming and were beautiful but lots of annoying bugs…

Oak Grove to High Point

Very nice hike with some decent shade in areas.  Plenty of bugs in some areas of this one.  A very nice volunteer Ranger at the…

Valcan Mountain

Weather was perfect.  Not too hot and not too Beautiful view and fairly easy hike with not much crowd of people. Pretty quiet and enjoyable…

El Cajon Mountain

started the hike at 7 am and parking lot was open. Beautiful day and not too hot (75). Took 2 miles to get to actual…

Corte Madera Mountain

I started this trail pretty late in the day (around 1pm), which I regret as the sun was merciless that day! Getting there and parking…

Volcan Mountain

This is a well maintained, easy-to-follow trail. We started the trail at 7am and the sun was low enough to be filtered by the trees…

Cuyamaca 2 routs

Went up by the rocky nature area. Stopped few times to recharge in the shade. Went back to the car by the asphalt area. It…

The Long Road to the Top

What a hike! It was long, taking almost 6 hours. But the view at the top was worth it. We started early to avoid the…

Miles and Miles Uphill

Reviews were spot on!   Uphill both ways… amazing views… lot of off-roaders… fun group!  Told this is the hike to prepare for Mt. Whitney!

Corte Madera

Absolutely gorgeous!!! Would do it again!!!

Hot Springs Mountain

Hiked with Gina Norte, the trail coordinator for the Los Coyotes Indian Reservation. Had the summit to ourselves as we chatted about a million different…

Hot Springs San Diego

Like others report, the first .8 mile was up, short .2 mile easy, then 1 mile up, on a wide fire trail, no problems, rest…

Best of the bunch!

First two miles were up up up! At the beginning of mile 3, 2 stray dogs joined us and walked with us to the top…

Hummingbirds and Flowers

It was a wonderful day for a hike: bright and sunny, moderately warm, and just a bit breezy at the top of the peak. Lots…

Up & Up & Up El Cajon Mountain

When I saw that El Cajon Mountain was on the San Diego list I almost didn’t sign up. To say I hated this trail would…

Vulcan mountain

Beautiful day. Temperatures in the 70s with a cooling breeze. Wildflowers were blooming. The trail was not completely shaded but shaded in spots through most…

Hot Springs Peak

This was definitely a hard trail. The first 2-3 miles was all incline. Once you hit the forest, its decent with the exception of the…

Cuyamaca Peak

Beautiful hike! We want clockwise and thought it was great. Paved on the way up and adventure on the way down. Had to pay better…

Hot and challenging

That was definitely a challenging hike! When they say up hill both ways they mean it! Lots of elevation gain and the last half mile…

On top of Cuyamaca

It was a warm, buggy day. We started around 7:15 which worked well for us. Beautiful views and not many people summiting today.

High Point

What an Awesome Day! A little hot, and a long day on trail; but so worth it. Views at the peak were Amazing; Palomar Observatory…

Tower to nowhere

I was blessed hiking with the greatest partner through this journey she was an inspiration and very encouraging this hike was very hard and I…

Corte Madera

Beautiful sunny day.  A little hot climbing up toward the peak.  Recommend a cooling towel to wrap around your neck.  Encountered a coiled rattler under…

Snake , rattle and roll

It was a warm day ! Started around 7 am to beat the heat . Not too busy when we started . On the way…

Volcan Mountain

Cold and windy day for a hike, especially as I neared the summit.  Getting to the trailhead was easy and there was plenty of parking…

Wildflowers galore!

I am not a rock scramble fan, and the last mile is all that. Beautiful views and wildflowers! The hike is up up but gradual…

It wasn’t Easy! :P

I started my hike early around 5:30am and got up there around 8:00am. Weather was cloudy and yet the views were spectacular in different way.…

Volcan

Beautiful hike, though the wind near the summit was insane. Recommend layers.

Windy views

I took the fire road so that I could bring my pups, although it was just pavement all the way up the views were beautiful.…

No shade of El Cajon

Overcasting weather the day of my hike.  Not seeing a beautiful view from the summit was unfortunate, but lucky that didn’t get roasted by weather…

Mothers Day

We decided to get to the trail early…which was probably a bad idea because it was foggy the entire time. We heard that this hike…

Corte Madera Mountain Trail

So pretty! My friend doing this adventure challenge with me and I saw a lot of Perengrine Falcons on the trail. Saw what we think…

All the boulders at Corte Madera

There were a few people there, but the trail wasn’t crowded. Finding parking was a challenge though as parking is limited. It was very gorgeous.…