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Heaven @ High Point

What an epic adventure this hike was! We headed up to Warner Springs Sunday morning knowing we might encounter some snow due to the light…

High Point Palomar

Tuesday 1/19/2021 finally last peak of six the trail was good 15% of posiblity of raining at Noon. So we went ready for  rain 🌧 …

High point: vehicles and views

The outstanding pano views on this hike make up for the portion of it you share with vehicles. The first two miles on the oak…

Palomar High Point

So after a restless nights sleep, we woke up to the local fires 🔥 thankfully under control! Hallelujah! So that means our holiday plans are…

High point

A few patches of snow on the trail, but trail in good condition

High Point Palomar

Arrived at 7am 38 degrees. First mile was easy, second was the most challenging as its steep and rocky fireroad rest of way. Snow and…

Palomar High Point is done!!!

Beautiful hike.  A very long day.  First two miles were steep and rocky.  After that the trail became a fire road.  Some areas of ice,…

Solo Hike – High Point

Solo hike this year for High Point.  I forgot the grind of the beginning of the trail.  Some snow up on the fire roared portion…

High point adventure

Lots of snow! Micro spikes were a help! Those first two miles are always a killer! Not snow until you get to the road.

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.…

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⛰⛰⛰⛰⛰⛰🍂🍃🍁🥾🎄

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…

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…

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…

Brutal climb to complete my challenge

This was definitely the hardest of the six peaks of my San Diego challenge and my least favorite…13 miles with the first half straight climbing…

6 of 6: High Point Palomar

After a hiatus, due to COVID-19 closures, I finally got this last and final hike in after Thanksgiving to complete the 2020 6-Peak Challenge. It…

High Point

Beautiful fall leaves, amazing views!

High Point

The climb was rough but I enjoyed the view.

Sweeter Seventeen!

Our final San Diego hiking excursion saw my friend and I bag SoCal 6-Pack Peak No. 17 of 18. The 13-mile (RT) Oak Grove Trail…

High Point

My Friday the 13th 2020 was fabulous! I completed #17 of my 18 peak goal. High Point (Palomar) ~ 13 mi, 3,500 ft gain, 6,138”…

Lookout Tower of Power

First couple of miles have most of the gain.  Gets your attention right away.  Great views from the peak of all major peaks across Southern…

High Point

I started at the Oak Grove TH to the right of the fire station. I don’t know if I parked in the correct place but…

Solo hiker on High Point Palomar

This was my first time on the Oak Grove Trail. I hiked solo on a Monday and had the trail completely to myself. When I…

SD HighPoint

Clear day. No one on the trail.  Good view of the surrounding area on the hike up so remember to look back from time to…

Palomar Mountain

A nice hike with Steve @SDCrazyhikers to Palomar Mountain via Oak Grove. 13.5 miles (half marathon) i left my place around 11:45PM , we start…

High Point

Extremely hot. Bring more water than you would normally think. It was nice to finally finish the San Diego six pack even in 2020.

Spooky sounds

We started at 2 am. No one was around. My friend and I started the hike and the trail was very dark and spooky. We…

High Point

It felt good to finish this one. 13miles. It was a tough one.

Sunday sunrise high point

Started at 4:30 solo and had coyotes singing  for the first hour and a half or so until I reached the fire road.   Going…

Hot day on palomar

Great views at the top. Bugs were bad in some spots. Really hot on the way back down.

High Point Palomar

this hike is mostly on a fire access road with no coverage. Bad idea to do this during the summer. We started early to beat…

Pushing through I’m almost there

Day 2 pushing through with one thing in mind, to summit and bag peak #17. Tired from the day before hiking peak #16 (Hot Springs)…

High Point Heaven

The trailhead starts behind the fire station. This trail is tough. It’s very steep the first 2 miles and decently steep the remainder with only…

High Point Hell

It was nice in the morning. Hot as hell in the afternoon. Beautiful view at the top. The lookout was cool. The volunteer came down…

Warm Day Up At High Point!

Excellent Hike with decent gain. But highly recommend to do in the fall/winter maybe spring. We started at 4am and it was almost unbearable by…

Early and hot

Our group arrived in the dark…3:30am and we started with our headlamps on.  Got a bit turned around in the beginning but found our way…

High Point, Palomar Mountain

It was a gorgeous sunrise starting at 6 am at the Oak Grove Fire station off of the 79.  There was a little construction traffic.…

Hiking in a bikini!

Talk about booty burn for the first two miles!!! Beautiful views though! Very nice day today.. I enjoyed this one a lot!

High Point – Mount Palomar

OMG the heat was intense!  Did not plan to hike this in 105 degree weather!!!  The last 3 miles were miserable as the heat beat…

Newbies gained respect

Took my Crossfit/Bootcamp/OCR/Ruck Coach and she expressed how challenging this was for her. She was carrying a 40lb ruck bag and it was 103 degrees.…

Tough

It was one of the toughest hikes I’ve ever been on.

AM 32108

This hike is definitely challenging! WHATEVER YOU DO, START REAL EARLY TO BEAT THE HEAT! This hike would have been a lot more enjoyable in…

AM32108

Boy, this hike was tough! Grant it, the day we did it was hot, but either way, the summit was the highlight! Great views! You…

Flashy Hike Title

Road walk.  Good views of San G and San J, from a somewhat unique perspective.  Would consider this one a formality unfortunately.

High Point

A wonderful strong breeze the entire hike kept it cooler and bug-free.  Beautiful views the entire hike!

Highest point on Palomar Mountain

Got there early morning to beat the heat and it was perfect until the sun came out . The weather was about 106’ and there…

High Point

Early sunrise start to beat the heat left us experiencing the 100 degree heat the last 2 miles.

Holy moly it was hot AF

Up up up never ending up and the bugs a pain around my head. Coming down it was soooo hot 🥵💪⛰💖🥵🦟 but otherwise a great…

High Point Palomar

Way too hot to hike this one today, but it’s done and on to the next one. Butterflies were out, tower was closed, and we…

High Point San Diego

Parking was not obvious  so i parked in the small lot in between the fire stations. Put my adventure pass up and left. Started out…

Peak #14

Did trail on an Sunday afternoon. No shade and bugs in sections. It was a long walk. Only seen 2 other hikes on trail. Nice…

13 miles in the basking sun

I wanted to push myself and reach the 13 mile mark, longest I’d ever gone, so I decided to check another peak off the list…

Hot Day

First 3 miles is a great single file trail, next 1.5 miles is a nice, sandy fire trail, the last 3.5 miles are on a…

High Point

We saw no other hikers this day 🙂 we hiked the small single track trail and  I definitely preferred this stretch versus the Fire Road…

High Point Palmor mtn.

Started out at oak grove. 2 miles through a narrow trail. Meetes up with fire road to summit. A long hike uphill. Lots if elevation…

straight up Palomar

Relentless uphill.  This was a tough hike but our group is becoming pretty good and we were able to handle it without to much trouble.

High Point

Oak Grove trail to High Point. Only saw 1 hiker on the way up. We were at the top for about 15 minutes, and then…

An Endless Journey

“An Endless Journey” is a fitting moniker for yesterday’s excursion because it literally felt as if we would never reach the High Point peak. Every…

High Point Hike

great views of Palomar Observatory…Ranger assigned to tower was very helpful in providing information about the area

Hot!Hot! Hot!

Very hot hike and tons of bugs bring sun screen and bug net

Torturous Mount Palomar

Well, since this is only hike #2 of the season due to closures, I was way under-prepared for this long and hard hike!  The trail…

Glorious View of…Clouds

I’m dealing with the after-effects from COVID a couple of months ago so it was a slow meandering slog. The weather could not be more…

Palomar High Peak

Fun hike, we got lucky and had fog for almost the entire hike. Lost out on the views, but it saved us from the sun.…

Lucky Lady Bug

Today was a very lucky day ~ normally this trail is full sun & no shade with biting flies/bugs but not today! The weather was…

Phew! I Made It!

Oh boy, this was a slog. Don’t let the low elevation fool you, this is a tough one! I wanted to quit so many times:…

High Point on Palomar

Booked a campsite at Oak Grove for the weekend to enjoy the outdoors and knock off High Point. Started about 9;30 am Sat and made…

Halfway with Highpoint

Finished 9 of 18 with our High Point hike on Saturday. We camped at the Oak Groove campground and got a little bit of a…

Getting to the Point

The hardest part of this hike is finding the trail to start. Your gps should be on the Oak Grove Fire Station to drive to.…

Bring a Fly Swatter

Did a few more miles than we planned… nothing like taking a few wrong turns to really make it fun! The views were incredible, breathtaking.…

Highest Point of the Palomar Mtn

Oak Grove Trail to High Point was about 13.5 miles round trip. Even with a head net and bug spray the bugs were very bothersome!…

Social Distancing High Point

If you’re planning on doing this hike, bring a bug net & spay. Start early as it is HOT.   hiked with a small group.…

Hike from hell

We began this hike at 7:45. It was already warm. The first two miles of trail were very steep and rutted and over grown. Lots…

High Time High Point

It was great to finally hike a 6PoPC! It was hot out. Started at 7am. Lots of huge flies today. I’m glad I wore a…

Hot Day to hike High Point

Started at 7 AM cool 60° warmed up to be sunny and about 82°! Horse flies and gnats were very annoying! Several ORV but no…

High above the bugs

Holy bugs Batman! If I could swear on this blog— I mean….. not enough bug spray in the world for the amount of flies and horse…

Palomar Mountain

We started early. Nobody else on the trail. Nice climb that got our hearts pumping. As we got closer to the top there were off…

Flying High

We started at 7:30am and it was already in the 70’s. I recommend to start at sunrise and bring some bug spray. The fire tower…

Mothers Day Hike!

Beautiful 13 mile hike round trip! Bugs were bad, but the hike was a good one.  Had to hike straight up 2 miles before arriving…

Warm and buggy High Point Hike

After being greeted by some wild turkey at the trailhead, was the toughest hike yet. Was not super hot, but wish I brought more than…

12/18 High Point

High Point April 12th, 2020 3 take aways from this hike; and then some: I parked next to the fire station with my Adventure Pass…

Solo Venture High Point

Tough beginning, good elevation gain. Saw one person at the top. Kept our distance and saw nobody else while hiking. Snow patches towards top. Hanging…

High Point

This is one of my fav hikes down here because it is a great workout AND we hardly ever see anyone! I really dislike a…

Snow at Last!

Finally got to hike in some late season snow! Trail was in good condition, areas of snow for the last mile up to the summit,…

Plan B

Our planned hike out to Collins and Knob Benchmarks for my Sierra Club San Diego Peaks 89/90 was aborted due to a closed gate, so…

One Step at a Time

Perfect time of year to do this…no bugs!  We had a cloudy, bit misty day so we did not get to experience the view; but…

The Long One

It was nice and cool, which we appreciated because this is a long hike. Our longest at that point, and I regretted not having more…

High Point

This was a great hike! The weather was cloudy and cold at the top. However I was able to see some views going up but…