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did I leave the oven on?

Due to some limited circumstances, my friend and I weren’t able to knock out this last hike of our challenge before the summer heat got…

High Point Palomar

The hike was long strenuous, and the heat didn’t help. We started heading up at 07:15, I recommend to start 0:500 or earlier if you…

High Point

Nice trail but it gets hot and with bugs

Early to high rise

Another early start to try to beat the heat.  Along the way amazing views, observing the observatory from a different angle, and friendly rangers at…

Oak Grove to High Point

Great views and seeing the tower and Palomar Obvservartory from the top was a treat.

Palomar Mountain

We saw an amazing combination of trails that we decided to take that was about 9 miles and took about 4 hours. Varied terrain in…

Bugfest

Long, hot, boring. Saw one rabbit, two squirrels, one lizard and a bunch of angry crows. Plus passed two young Marines training in uniform. Hoooa…

What goes up, must come down

I started my hike early and was in the shade most of the way up. When they say up it’s way up. Had the trail…

Last, but not least!

I arrived around 5:00AM this morning and took a power nap before starting the trail at 5:30AM. There was no else in the parking lot…

High Point

Challenge complete! Hight Point was the last stop on our list and we lucked into a beautiful and not quite so hot day with just…

Mount Palomar Love!

Don’t worry when you get started and it’s a sauna. This lasts the first 2 miles then it opens up and is a beautiful hike…

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 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…

Start early

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

Day 4: Mountain 5!!

Alone on the trail yet again! This was very long and glad we packed a lot of water and snacks. Views were absolutely beautiful along…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

High Point Lookout

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

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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!

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…

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.…

High Point

I’ve done this hike before but was hard this time, I got a really bad cramp mile and a half and I struggled all the…

Palomar High Point

We completed the final hike of the challenge 13.3 miles in 5hours 26 minutes.  The first 2 miles is a single track and aittle challenging,…

Halfway there

I may have underestimated this one, left a little late, it was warm. It does get a little cooler and breezier at the top. Fairly…

High Point Bugs

I have been hiking for 50 years and the bugs today were worse than anything that I have ever encountered.

High point at the end

A beautiful Monday morning. That first section is beautiful but relentless, and no fun when it gets hot. Gorgeous spring bloom, though. Near the peak…

High Point Palomar

This was the first real hike of this challenge that made me uncomfortably exhausted. The trek up the first 2 miles felt like 6. We…

Peak #6 completed!

We started at 6am. We had difficulty finding the trail head at first. Limited cell phone service. Saw 1 coyote on the way up but…

Great & Challenging Hike

Perfect weather for the hike. This years hike was defiantly more challenging with with a 60L bag packed compared to last year hiking with just…

Wildflowers and Butterflies at High Point

Lots of native bees and butterflies out enjoying the abundance of wildflowers.  The first bit of the hike is very challenging.  Don’t give up, just…

High Point “High”

While not as scenic as some of the other hikes, I actually had a sense of accomplishment from this one. What was astonishing to me…

High Point Wildflowers

Late entry. It was another sunny/cool hiking day for our San Diego Challenge. This year we saw lots of wildflowers along the trail.

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…

Insoles anyone?

Beautiful hike and views! Bugs were out but not terrible..

Finisher SD 6 Pack

Great trail but mostly fire road. Incredible views entire hike and unparalleled at peak. One of the top 3 in SD for sure. Strenuous of course…

Climb or Fly High Point

Gorgeous day to ascend High Point. Sheriff’s chopper took the descent-only route and joined us for a fun break and a few pics.

High Point views are #1

A long one but definitely amazing views at the top so well worth it.  Started at 7:30am and finished by 1pm.  Bugs were definitely annoying…

High Point via Oak Grove Trail

The trail conditions were good but the gnats were incredibly annoying. At about the 5 mile mark they were so intrusive. The weather was great…

Doozy!

Started at 7 when the air was cool and crisp. Felt good the whole way; coming down was a different story. Sunny, hot. Plenty of…

Palomar High Point

Started out nice, the hike is mostly in the sun with little shade and only a little breeze at a few points in the hike.…

I survived!

Started out early to avoid a hot hike. Initial part was beautiful with spring flowers everywhere. Then at 4.5 mi in had a bad reaction…

Oak Grove Trail to High Point

Completed the Oak Grove Trail to High Point today. The first .5 mile is relatively easy then .5 – 2 miles becomes steep ascending a…

High Point Palomar UPHILL

It was all up hill to the fire tower. Lol! ALL UPHILL, but wow….the views were worth the shaky legs I have now.

Walking On and Above Clouds

This one is hard, going uphill all the way. Everyone was right, first two miles are hard both ways with some loose rocks and gravel.…

The Hellish road to High Point

Started around 6:30am and it was very foggy out. Took an extra mile off the track but got back on the correct trail. Glad for…

High Point Palomar

I would like to know what kind of good kush or crack some of these reviewers are smoking cause they are posting lies or they…

High Point Trail

It was hot. Ran out of water and was hiking alone. Not my best moment but I made it. Would not recommend hiking this alone.

Spring Solstice Hike

A perfect way to usher in springtime! Today I hiked solo to High Point and did some geocaching along the way. I had the trail…

First day of spring

Trail were good conditions with little of rained last night. Weather in morning were misty and once you reach to high point was so freezing…

High Point

A little muddy toward the end due to melting snow but the trail is nice and open.

Highpoint, Palomar

The first 2 miles was inclined.  After hiking 4 miles, the snowfalls starts to come down and stop.  There is some snow on the last…

One down, five more to go!

I thought I’d start out this year’s challenge straight with one of the harder peaks, instead of working my way up as I usually do.…

High Point

It was freezing cold when we started. About one mile ish, we had to use our micro spikes on the arrow trail. Certain sections on…

High Point

There were from the fire road all the way to the summit and it was beautiful hike. There were very few hikers that day.

socked in

Socked in most of the day, windy, and cold the best day to do this trail.

Oak grove soul crusher

It was chilly out at start but the sun beaming down and the nonstop climb the first 2 miles had you warm in no time.…

High point palomar

This will definitely get your heart pumping. Starts off with a leisure walk and boom, you’re faced with a single file loose rock trail going…

High high and higher point!

So this trail is no joke! The first 2 miles of felt like a death march I was hating life and contemplating turning around.  The…

High Point Challenge

I enjoyed hiking this trail with a group.  The weather was perfect.  There were lovely views.  The first couple of miles were an uphill grind…

High Point Palomar

Beautiful snow. We did not need spikes. Long way up but glad I can check it off my list ???

High Point High Challenge

This was a tough hike. First two miles the trail is narrow and steep in some sections. After mile two, hit the fire road and…

Very Long Day

Long hike, started at Oak Grove. First 2 1/2 mile was trail, rest of hike fire road.

Palomar high point

The trail was perfect. There was a tiny bit of snow here and there, which was really enjoyable to crunch on, but did not require…

High Point Palomar

Don’t let the smiles and shenanigans fool you, this was a tough hike. We all pushed through and made the best of it but that…

High Point Palomar

We parked across a light brown building next to the trailhead around 7am. It was sunny, cold & very windy!! There were lots of ruts…

Crazy temperature swing day!!

parked for free next to the fire station… Started at 7:30 AM and only saw one other person the entire day! 46° at the start…

Palomar High Point

It was a great day on the trail. It was sunny and in the 60’s with little wind. The trails were well marked and dry.…

High Point

First time without snow and not a soul on the mountain.  Completely empty solo hike.  Enjoyable as always.

High Point Solo

Only person in the mountain on super bowl Sunday.  Nice 4 1/2 hour hike without another soul around.  This way my first time completing this…

Palomar High Point

Sunny and warm day up to Palomar High Point! Great visibility at the top.

High Point

Straight forward, completely dry trail. No issues. Just my partner and I on the trail.

Frigid on Palomar

Uneventful for the most part, super cold and windy on top. Saw only one other person all day long.

HIGH POINT (PALOMAR)

Trail starts up the side of the mountain until reaches the ridgeline. You then follow the fire road to the summit of Palomar Mountain. Super…

Longest hike first! What a twit!

First 2 miles are the trail and it’s up, up, and up! Then you hit the fire road. Lovely views as you climb. No shade…

Missed the earthquake by a day!

We had a very chilly start (the drive through Warner Springs area said 29 degrees) but we warmed up really quick on the first 2-mile…

Not Cold No Snow

Picked the farthest (From Home) and longest one to do first.  The weather was fine with the exception of a slight amount of sprinklage/angry mist…

High Point of My Year!

Very challenging (due to length) but rewarding hike.  The first 1.5 miles or so on Oak Grove trail were pretty steep and rocky.  The remaining…

High Point

High Point Lookout Jan 16, 2022 Elevation: 6,140 ft Elevation Gain: 3,524 ft Total Distance: 13.6 miles Beautiful day with high clouds and diffused sunshine

New year hike

High point Last year I finished with high point so this year I decided to start with it. The drive to the trail head was…

New Year’s Day challenge

This trail proved difficult as always. The first 2 miles are a steep grade with uneven ground and rocks. This part is hardest on the…

2022 – Palomar High Point

This was to be the first hike of an epic adventure, all 6 peaks in less than 48 hours. Our group of 4 started out…

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…

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…

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…

High Point Palomar

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

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…

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

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…

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…

Final peak

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

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…

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…

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…

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…