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Hot Springs Mountain Peak

Peak Summited2020 Hot Springs Mountain
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadLos Coyotes Campground
Road ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehicles
Bug StatusNo bugs
Snow ConditionsSnow free
Trail ConditionsTrail in good condition

Wow! It was a wild windy day! (And my neighborhood in Orange County got hammered with wildfires, again.) I actually didn't feel any wind for the first 2 or 2-1/2 miles up, but once on top of the range the last 2 miles was wild with everything blowing up and around even through the trees.

I started my hike at the Los Coyotes Reservation Campground after paying the $10 reservation entrance fee at the ranger booth (immediately next to the police station). I got there at noon and I was the only one there. No other people or cars at the campground. Hot Springs all to myself! But being solo and literally at least 6 miles from another human, I chickened out at the summit rock and did not climb the ropes. Safety first.

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