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A great trip up Santiago Peak

Although technically a truck trail (road) it was fine for the Honda Pilot we traveled in. Minimal traffic and easy to hear vehicles approach. A…

Not early enough

Got an early start to this hike and so thankful we did! On our way down a bunch of people were just starting/getting to the…

San J for the 12 pack

The hardest hike I’ve done to date! Permit station stop at stone creek campground has me started around 7:40. Didn’t finish until almost 6pm.  The…

Santiago Slip n Slide

This is a tough hike! Lots of slipping and sliding! Very rocky in a lot of places and the elevation is no joke! Make sure…

Cool Strawberry ???? io

Definitely wished I had microspikes on this one! I had poles, but they weren’t enough. Many places had ice and one time I had to…

#2 – 2021 Strawberry Peak

Nice day for hiking! Feels so good. Not too cold, not too hot. No snow. First time, 4:20 Second time, 4:00 This time, 3:30 (break…

Sit on this Peak!

We started this hike at 8am. We took the trail to the right. The parking lot was almost completely full and everyone we saw starting…

Ontario Peak

Did this hike from big horn side and there was snow right after big horn on the way up, trail got lost right away but…

Mount Wilson New Year’s Day solo hike

First time hiking up Mount Wilson Trail from Sierra Madre. It’s a nice change from the Chantry route. Encountered first sight of snow at Manzanita…

Sitton and done!

Trail was definitely, definitely overgrown. Annoyingly so with my trekking poles. This trail is such a liar lol. It was such a nice casual situation…

Volcan Mountain

Muddy and snowy after the first snow of the year. Added a bonus #7 to my list to help a friend get #6. Such a…

Unforgiving El Cajon

An unforgiving slog, best done in cool weather and starting early. Lots of up and down both ways, with steep rutted trails. Nice views at…

Volcan in the Snow

The snow on this trail made it so pretty! Views were great, could see both the Salton Sea & Catalina. Would recommend poles for the…

Snowy San Diego

Who would have thought that Hot Springs Mountain got such a dumping in one day? We delayed our hike a few days due to snow…

Potato Chip Rock

Great hike!  Extremely crowded, though, especially at the chip with 30 people waiting for a picture.  Half masked, half unmasked.

#18 complete with 1 day to spare

Hiked today with 10” of fresh powder and post holed our way to the top.  However, great weather and views and the sparkling white snow…

Potato Chipped.

Today, I did my 6 out of 6!!! Did a sunrise hike with my friend. It was 37°F at first. Nice sunrise view. The trail…

6/6! with 2 days to spare… haha

i did it!! with all of the covid closures, wildfires, air quality problems, 100+ degree temperatures, not having any gear or training for snow hiking,…

Cuyamaca after a fresh snow

We hiked up to Cuyamaca in what I would consider the best of circumstances… the day after a fresh snow.  It was the best experience…

El Cajon Mountain

Bring lots of water more than you think you need. Start early it took me 7 hours to complete.

Sit On Sitton Peak!

First time solo hiking! This is my 5th out of 6 peak challenge. It rained last monday so I was expecting muddy trail but it…

Sit On Sitton Peak!

First time solo hiking! This is my 5th out of 6 peak challenge. It rained yesterday so I was expecting muddy trail but it wasn’t…

Woodson sans Potato Chip

I did this a few years ago and already have plenty of potato chip rock insta pics, felt very anti-influencer to hike right past the…

Woodson sans potato chip

Felt very anti-influencer hiking straight past the line of people waiting for their potato chip rock photo and just focusing on the summit instead!

Sitton Peak Hike

A chilly overcast day for the whole hike.  Sorry to see that the candy store was closed.  Enjoyed the hike.  Beautiful day.

Mount Wilson

A holiday miracle! Today, I bagged Mount Wilson, my sixth of the ORIGINAL Six-Pack of Peaks, before the end of the 2020 challenge. Because of…

Cuyamaca

Nice bathrooms at trailhead.  We took the azalea glen loop via conejo up the fire road, then back down the fire road all the way…

Sitton

Really nice morning to hike.  Didn’t see anyone on the way up, but there were a lot of people on the way back down.  Stopped…

High Point

About 12 other hikers on trail. Two Jeep’s passed by near the top. Two motorcycles on the way down. Weather  turned cold at the summit.…

Along the edge

Parking was a challenge! The first part of the trail is a mess and you can get a good look at the Bobcat fire damage.…

Vulcan

Very windy and cold at the peak.

Cuyamaca FTW

Last hike of the year and of the challenge!  Paved hike all the way to the summit, felt very Christmas-y with all of the pine…

Windy AF

We began this challenge with the most difficult so it’s only fitting we ended it with the easiest on our list. Beautiful day, a good…

Day After Christmas Hike 122620

Parking lot wasn’t too full like it can be on most weekends. We arrived just before 7:30 a.m. this past Saturday and there were still…

Sitton Peak

Beautiful weather, great views.  Took my hubby on his first peak hike to help me finish up my 6pack.  It was a great day! Well…

El cajon mountain

The hike had a lot of steep hills, and when you add strong heat waves, it becomes a challenging experience. But with the right shoes…

Cuyamaca Peak. Challenge completed

Cuyamaca Peak was the last Pico left to complete my challenge. It couldn’t be better to complete the challenge by hiking to the peak of…

The Big One!!!

So happy to summit this beast before more snow hit! Some parts of the trail had snow/ice but with good balance and careful steps, no…

Cheers to Cuyamaca

Amazing way to finish out the Challenge!  The fire road was finally open, as it was clear of any machinery or signs.  The 5.5 miles…

Santiago Peak Hike – 12-25-2020

Santiago Peak Hike – 12-25-2020 This was my first time going up to Santiago Peak.  I found half the fun was driving up the dirt…

Meet BadenPowell

An all the way incline trail, peaceable hike. I would say it is much better trail than last mile of strawberry peak I did before…

Rocky Santiago Peak

Santiago Peak is definitely a fun adventure.  Four wheeling is a bonus on this rocky hike to the Maple Springs trailhead.  There were more four…

Santiago

Road to Maple Springs was open from the Temescal/Corona side but we had a heck of a time finding that info out. Ranger said it’s…

Puppy Peak Bagging

My name is Luna and I’ve hijacked my mom’s account because, well, I’m a dog and I can’t register for the challenge on my own!…

Santiago

Took me some time to find out for sure that the gates were open for this one.  The Trabuco Ranger was awesome and gave some…

Bring on the Wind

A beautiful day with cool gentle breezes until you hit the top, then hold on and make your visit short.  The wind was so intense…

El Cajon-Glad I waited

Did this in December. Great time of year to do this hike.  There isn’t much shade so I can’t imagine what it would have been…

And #18 completes the set

Perhaps not the worst, but with so much elevation gain on the way back and with the steepness of much of the trail, EL Cahon…

Hot Springs

Gorgeous day!  A little windy.  Bring TP ladies.  The portapotties do not have any TP.  Trail well maintained.  Do not come before 8 am for…

Mt Puños & Sawmill

Some icy patches amd temps in the low 30’s. Layer up and take trekking poles. Well maintained trail and beautiful views.

Strawberry Peak Hike – 12-21-2020

Strawberry Peak Hike – 12-21-2020 Incredibly this was my first time hiking Strawberry Peak.  I have hiked so many of the local mountains but this…

Cuyamaca Bound

The weather was beautiful!  It was empty on the way up and crowded on the way down but most people were doing Stonewall Peak.

Toughest in San Diego

Up and down hike coming and going. Crazy elevation change, bring twice as much water than you think you need.

Ontario Peak

For my sixth and final peak my original plan was to conquer San Gorgonio but since the fire, I wasn’t able to do so. So…

Mt Baden Powell

Gorgeous views!  Windy and Lots of Ice Patches.  Microspikes is definitely needed!

Ontario Peak

Lots of snow/ice on the trail – snow spikes were essential. A bit windy but otherwise, the sun was out and conditions were favorable. Beautiful…

Last but not Least

First mile, 16 minutes, second mile 33 minutes, it’s an elevation challenge in the first few miles, but it does let up.  Gorgeous views at…

#6POPsd

Last hike of the challenge for SoCalsd⛰⛰⛰⛰⛰⛰????????????????????

Obstacles on Ontario

This is my second attempt at Ontario this year. I tried to do it back in July and pretty much had to turn around for…

Mt Baldy

Black ice under the dirt/ rocks after the Ski Hut, but before the first saddle.

Sitton

I am 24 years old and got stung by a bee for the first time here. Shouted “fuck” from the summit, apologies if you heard.

It’s Sitton Peak time…

Well, I really didn’t want to do this hike again. But thanks to 2020 and all its challenges between fires and forest closures I was…

Sitton Peak

6 of 6! Went down to Sitton for a lower peak without snow to cap off the challenge. Was surprisingly fun – able to fly…

Marion Mountain to San Jacinto Summit

Beautiful day for a hike. The sky was blue and the birds were chirping. It was pretty brisk beginning from the trailhead and progressively got…

Hot Springs Mtn.

Really nice hike.  Only saw a few people on the trail and they were really cool.  The view of Salton Sea was pretty cool too.

Sizzling Hot Springs Mt

Nice day for a hike.  Beautiful fallen trees along the trail.  Perfect weather…clear blue skies.  You can see Salton Sea from the summit.  Had a…

Scary night hike

Hiked solo and summit after 5pm and it became dark right away. Got lost just after the peak going down n it was pretty scary…

Cuyamaca

Super cold and windy at the top. Incredible views. Loved the decorated Christmas tree along the trail.

Hot Spring Mountain

Great hike. Pretty good incline for about 3 miles with a short scramble to the top. Awesome view and totally worth it. Will need to…

Easiest hike

One of the easiest and quick hike w beautiful view.

Mount Woodson

Merry merry from Potato Chip Rock, just below the summit of Mount Woodson (we summited but this was the cooler photo!)! BONUS peak #7 for…

Behind the Clouds

What a finisher! Trail in good condition, a little chilly, but felt great. Beautiful views to the top, last push was a butt kicker. THE…

Cucamonga Peak. Awesome ????

Cucamonga Peak was my first big challenge on the hike and today I came back where it all started remembering the beautiful images I had…

took me long enough

great little hike! went by a lot faster than i thought it would. and the winds made it pretty darn chilly part of the way…

Cool Crisp Hike

Great hike with beautiful views along the way. Mellow hike alongside Mt. Lawlor was a little nerve raking being on the edge. Just don’t look…

El Cajon Mt.

Wow. This hike was unforgiving. Rolling inclines. My legs were done after this one. Hardest hike in SD thus far.

Strawberry Peak the Hard Way

Clear day and great weather!  Made a new friend on the way.  We took what we thought was a shortcut but turned out to be…

#6POPsd

Great day for hiking! #SteadyIncline

#10 Three Peaks One hike!

Some icy patches but overall doable. Was a very secluded hike and not many people. Beautiful views

Hot Spring

The first two miles was all incline than after that good.

Strawberry Peak

Angeles Crest Hwy is closed at the Redbox junction due to the Bobcat fire residual. Trail head is accessible. The last half mile is very…

High Point…..closing out 2020

Gorgeous day to hike this peak! Cool weather, not a lot of people and very few vehicles on the jeep road. Finished the 6 peaks…

Strawberry Gravel Path

Good day of hiking.  The trail wasn’t packed.  Start early or the parking lot will fill up.

Strawberry Peak Forever

Fun hike to do with a group!  Great views of the mountains and trees in the distance.  Tips:  Come early – when we went, one…

Cuyamaca

One of my favorite hikes so far. The trail was less rocky than others and more wooded which was nice. It was very quiet going…

6th peak for Pie

Omg SO windy….like 40+ for half the time and had to hang on to eachother at the summit!!

The Potato Chip was Rockin’

At 5:15am we went to a local breakfast restaurant (Home Sweet Home in Escondido) and had a wonderful breakfast before starting the hike.  We highly…

El Cajon

Hide, but very rewarding hike!

Look out

This was my last hike for the 6 peak challenge.  I  was not sure how long this one was going to take me, but I…

Windy Volcon

Started out with a bit of sun.  Foggy and breezy as we made our way up the trial.  A mile from the top we had…

Beautiful Cuyamaca Peak

Beautiful day for a hike.  A bit chilly in the early morning.  Enjoyable challenge with great company.  Nice and clean bathrooms and campground. Always a…

Ontario Peak

I started at the ice house canyon trail head around 10am. It was a good hike with less hikers than expected. The first 3.8 miles…

Pretty Sweet Hike

The Sweet: Drop dead gorgeous views of mountains & trees, beautiful flora and fauna along the way, fun hike with a varied terrain. The Not-So-Sweet:…

Radio Towers and Potato Chip

It’s the trail with potato chip, what’s to say? We went early on a weekday to avoid the massive crowds of people that frequent this…

Challenge #6

Very interesting hike.  Both partner and I had no experience with snow and ice – so we both brought yaktrax, but were able to navigate…

Mount San Jacinto

My first Mount San Jacinto hike. A few patches of ice before the PCT junction but much more and larger after, maybe 20% coverage but…

Sittin’ on Sitton Peak

This hike was my favorite of all the 6-pack of Peaks. The views at the top were well worth the hike. It was so quiet…

Sittin’on Sitton Peak

My favorite of all the hikes! Gorgeous clear day, no wind, basically just us on trail. So quiet at the top. Just loved it!

Woodson

Pretty easy hike day. First time seeing Potato Chip rock.

Cuyamaca Peak

Very beautiful hike on the Azelea Glenn Loop section.   The upper section along the Conejos Trail is very rocky most of the way.  Super cold…

18/18 finally High Point

It was such a jorney completing the 18 but surely made this covid year slightly less harsh. No snow so Microspikes are not needed. It…

Mt. Woodson

Great hike to get back into the six pack.  Going to try and get 4 more to complete the challenge.

Ontario Peak

Used micro spikes after saddle, beautiful views!

Mt Wilson

Had a great hike, weather was cool

The long road

Weather for perfectly cool for this long hike. We went counter clockwise to the notch, up devils backbone, and down baldy bowl. It was long…