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Sitton Peak & El Coriso Campground

Peak Summited2022 Sitton Peak
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadBear Canyon Trailhead
Road ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehicles
Bug StatusBugs were not too bad
Snow ConditionsSnow free
Trail ConditionsMinor obstacles posing few problems

I'm from San Diego, so I am planning to do a bunch of these hikes in conjunction with an overnight camping trip to break up the driving. So I started the challenge off with Sitton Peak since it's the closest to me. I camped at El Coriso campground, which is only about 5 minutes from the trailhead on Ortega Highway. It was noisy with the freeway nearby, but was quiet by 8pm and I got a good nights sleep at a cute little campsite (#10). There were only 2 other sites occupied of the 15.

In the morning after packing up, it only took 5 minutes to drive to the trailhead and I was hiking by 8:00am. It was slightly overcast, so the temperature was perfect. I was in a tank top the entire time until I hung out at the peak for a while and got a little chilly. It was a fantastic hike. The last 0.3 miles to the peak is STEEEEEP but fun. I was glad I had trekking poles to get down. I clocked 3 hours and 13 minutes of active hiking time for 10.26 miles and averaged 18'53” per mile. It was clear enough at the peak to see Catalina and snow-capped peaks in the distance. It was slightly buggy through the chaparral areas, but nothing terrible.

I was back in my car by 12:15, having seen only 2 other parties of 2 on the trail. Home before 2pm and eating a sandwich. It was the perfect 24-hour getaway.

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