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Hike #5 – Hot Springs Mountain

This trail is little more than a washed out access road that leads to a dilapidated fire watch tower at the summit. It starts with…

Hot Springs mountain.

The view was amazing. prepare to climb up a ladder and some ropes to get to the top of rocks and a concrete slab. the…

With Gnats I shall Climb lol

Lots of Gnats flying about my head but thankfully dressed in layers and I wore a bug net over my head. I highly recommend this…

Hot Springs, bugs and a snake

Got up early and drove down from Los Angeles to grab peak four of the San Diego six pack. I got started a little after…

Hot Springs Mt

Trail was great except for the bugs!!! Happy trails!!!! One more peak to go 🙂

Hot Springs Mt.

Hike was nice.  Lots and lots of bugs for middle part of hike. Hot at the end.  Beautiful views from the top.  :o)

Some like it hot

Great Hike!!  Did NOT do the ladder at to the top (it was a ‘can we’ (likely yes); ‘should we’ (likely no) moment) because we…

Bugs, bugs, bugs

Never before have I seen such bad bugs. You could combine all the bugs on Middle Peak and around San Jacinto, and I can bet…

Hot Springs Mountain

Like a few reported on alltrails.com, there were three or four spots where gnats were annoying – but not enough to detract from the hike.…

The Finale

The best trail out of the 6! Beautiful views, greenery/shade, blooming flowers, and very maintained trail. The rope was difficult to climb since I had…

Not hot, no springs.

Saved the best hike for last. This trail had some gorgeous views on a cool June morning. Hiking through the trees and shade was a…

Day 3, Mountain 4!

We were alone the whole time! Absolutely loved it. Wide trail, well maintained, not much shade but loved it.

Hot.. Hot Springs Mountain!

What a hot day! I actually went past the restrooms and parked where I saw other cars.. then about 1/4 mile in I realized I…

Hawt Springs Mountain

It was hot.  Brought plenty of water, took lots of breaks, made it up and down without using all of our water!  Was cool to…

I passed out but made it to the top

This hike had me push beyond my body’s limits, the first 3 miles of this hike are strenuous to say the least. It’s going all…

hotspringsmountain

Great weather, great trail, great friends but a lot of pesky bugs!

Hot Springs Mountain

Beautiful day in the trail. Started at 8am and weather was perfect. Scramble to the top at the end was scary and fun!

Hot Springs…foggy on the road

Such a dramatic foggy morning on the road going to the trailhead. We thought it was going to rain because when we left home it…

Hot springs

Weather was perfect, hike was not challenging, last rock scramble to the summit was fun! Great 360 views at the top. Probably my favorite of…

A Steady Ascent Above the Mist

This was one of those hikes that leaves you knocked out cold by 5:55pm with your chilled, half-eaten dinner left out to follow suit. First…

Hot Springs Mountain

Hiked with Gina Norte, the trail coordinator for the Los Coyotes Indian Reservation. Had the summit to ourselves as we chatted about a million different…

Hot Springs San Diego

Like others report, the first .8 mile was up, short .2 mile easy, then 1 mile up, on a wide fire trail, no problems, rest…

Best of the bunch!

First two miles were up up up! At the beginning of mile 3, 2 stray dogs joined us and walked with us to the top…

Hot Springs Peak

This was definitely a hard trail. The first 2-3 miles was all incline. Once you hit the forest, its decent with the exception of the…

Climb to the top

Perfect weather for this hike today! It was a bit windy when out of the trees. The first 2.5 miles is a good uphill climb,…

Hot Springs Mountain Trail

Great challenge with uphill first couple of miles… nice wildflower blooms… we did spot a small snake in the road… hikers beware! Summit was amazing…

Hot Springs Climb

The first 2 miles were a pretty steep hike, but after that it leveled off and was much more enjoyable. Pretty much the entire trail…

Hot Springs Climb

The first 2 miles were a pretty steep hike, but after that it leveled off and was much more enjoyable. Pretty much the entire trail…

Perfect weather for a perfect hike

Beautiful weather for the hike.  Not too hot and a great breeze throughout especially towards the top. Not a hard road to follow (road more…

Hot Springs Mountain

This was our 6th and final hike. It was almost all fire road but don’t let that fool you, it’s still a good climb. The…

Hot Springs Mountain Trail

This is one of my favorite hikes. Have completed a couple of times. Will hike it up and run it down.

Hot Springs Mountain

Beautiful hike! The flowers were stunning today, all of the California lilacs were in bloom and they were beautiful. First 2.25 mi were tough, exposed…

Hit Springs

Awesome views and abundance ladder and rope climb at rge end. The 1st 2 miles are lung busters but otherwise nice and easy.

Hot Springs Mountain Trail

Fire road the majority of the hike. Views all around. Killer leg workout so bring good shoes and water as the sun gets hot. Recommend…

Hot Springs Peak

Perfect weather; mid-60s. First couple of miles are steep but not too bad. Make sure you are off the reservation by 6.

Hot Springs Mountain

The day was cool and overcast, and surprisingly the legs felt fresh. Again, the first two miles were the most exposed and steepest (sorta). The…

Out n back 10.25 miles

We were the only ones hiking from 715 am to 1015 am until we passed some people on the descent. Weather was prefect, steep first…

Hot Springs

We started early to avoid the heat, left the house at 6:30am Started hiking just before 8:30am.  Completed the 9.91 mile trip in 3 hours…

Forecast was right!

02 Apr 22 When we left the house (Chula Vista) around 0615, there was a heavy cloud covering the whole sky. I had to double…

Hot Springs

Hiking above the clouds with my Trail Sisters

Wonderful hot spring

Great Sunday weather a little windy but great weather some cloudy clouds, sunny after noon , not a lot off hiker on trail

Shadow didn’t make it

The weather said 61, but the first 2 mi felt like 90. The first 2 mi are hot, steep, and exposed. They don’t feel so…

Hot Springs Mountain Trail (4/6)

This hike was a little bit easier. I loved that it was easier than the other hikes such as El Cajon. The weather was also…

Hot springs Mtn leg death

uneven ground from water runoff, some mud and standing water.  Not a lot of shade in the beginning of this hike. The first 1.3 miles…

Hot Springs Peak

Made a reservation for the day online at https://www.loscoyotestribe.org/. $10 for a day pass which isn’t bad. Alltrails review was not wrong. The first 2…

Hot Springs Mountain – 2nd SD Peak

First few miles of the trail was long and steep (unpaved service road).  After that hiking was enjoyable.  Nearing the tower and summit, the trail…

Hot Springs Mountain Trail

If you smelled bacon on the 1st 2 miles up…that was my body burning fat.  That’s all you get from me today. Im tired, I…

Ropes and Ladders

The weather was perfect; sunny and warm, but not too hot. No snow was on the trail.  Actually about 99% was gone from all surrounding…

2nd Hike: Hot Springs Mountain

I reached the tower… I am thankful to my supportive friends for the encouragement! From the parking lot, I started the fitbit log and by…

Our 2nd Summit

Moderate hike with amazing views. The hardest part was the first 2 miles going uphill. Hiking poles made the uphill trek easier.  Make sure to…

Scarlet Byers

The weather was perfect. It was hard to hike up and down due to steep.  I love to stand on Top mountain and see beautiful…

Hot Springs

Pleasant hike. This time I took a small detour , the ‘quiet loop’ about halfway. Didn’t see anyone, despite the good hiking weather.

Small strides

Great hike. First 2 miles very steep but then levels off for an easy hike. Views are amazing. Watch tower at the top made for…

Very cold and windy!

It was very cold and windy at the summit with no view at all with some light rain along the trail

Hot Springs Mountain

We started off in cold and gloomy morning with 42 degrees temp. Part of the trail was muddy. When we reach to the peak it…

First step into the unknown

Great little hike, stead climb most of the way. Encountered some snow on the trail but nothing big. One hiker commented they saw a “big…

UFO? You Decide

Love this hike! The Los Coyotes Reservation have made some major improvements from our hike last year. Parking & trailhead now have really good signage…

Hot Springs Mountain Trail

This was my favorite hike so far. I thought the views were great and we saw snow here and there but nothing major. It was…

Hot Springs Mountain Delights

I hiked this trail with a friend.  It’s a wide trail for almost all of the hike.  At the summit you take a narrow trail…

Hot Springs!

Patches of Snow throughout the trail. A lovely hike but the first few miles is the hardest.

First part is the steepest!

Awesome day with great weather. As this was my first of the six peak- I found the hike difficult because from the get go it…

Hot Springs

I was hoping to get in a  last good winter hike, but the snow on the trail was intermittent enough to where crampons weren’t necessary. …

Hot Springs Mountain

Very hot day.  But cooled down passed those grueling first two miles.

Not Hot, Hot Springs

Since I did this hike in March, there was a lot of snow on the mountain, but it was passable and crampons were unnecessary.

A cool day at Hot Springs Mountain

A beautiful day with views that just wouldn’t quit! Some snow fields to cross which were a little tedious but not too bad. All in…

Hot Springs Mountain

It was a perfect day for this hike. Sunny, cool but not cold, some snow but not too much. A slight breeze the entire hike.…

What a surprise!

First two miles were really strenous due to steep incline, then we found a little patch of snow and we found it amusing, little did…

Snowy not so Hot Springs

We started a little after noon. First 2 miles had a pretty good incline. As we gained elevation we found snow, then more snow, then…

The never ending Uphills

The never ending uphill’s is what i will called this hike. It was a beautiful and the weather was perfect. It was not the easiest…

Hot Spring Mountain

This was a GREAT hike!  Beautiful weather…patches of snow were on the ground.  Always a little exciting at the end trying to scramble up the…

Hot Springs Mtn

After starting out on the wrong trail we figured out the correct trailhead. Look for a gate. Trail was clear for about 1.5 miles then…

Hot Springs Mountain

Windy Cold Misty, and cloud cover through the entire hike! Was an Amazing Beautiful, and Peaceful day shared with my best friend trail buddy; Leanne;…

Freezing mountaineers

This was an amazing beautiful experience I’ve lived in San Diego since 1985 and since I started these hikes I found new and more beautiful…

Hot Springs

Little bit of snow on the ground in a few places. Those places were somewhat slippery. It was beautiful perfect weather and is a gorgeous…

Hot Springs Happenings

First 2.5 miles is straight up.  After that, it’s a pretty nice hike.  It’s pretty dicey climbing the ladder and rope to the actual peak.…

Hot Springs Mountain

Fire road all the way up, I would get there earlier to hike because there isn’t much shade until the forest area, there is plenty…

We did it!

It’s good to be done! We did this hike quickly and had a great time.

Hot Springs Mountain

Hike is about 5 miles each way, and the first 2.5 miles heading up is the hardest. After that it’s still quite a bit a…

A Hot Day at Hot Springs Mountain

Hot Springs Mountain was a tough one, and I have to admit, not quite as rewarding as the previous three mountains in the San Diego…

Hot Springs Mountain

With the 90 degree temperatures in San Diego I decided to bag my 4th Peak in the San Diego County Six Peak Challenge…. Hot Springs…

Windy Not Hot….Springs

Windy!!! My 3rd year hiking Hot Springs! It was a fun hike. Climbing up to the summit, I  was excited  & nervous…but this time, the…

Hot springs mountain

Nice wide road all the way up. The challenge was getting to the tippy top. Have to climb a ladder and a rope. It’s pretty…

Hot Springs Mountain

one of those hikes that get you in your head … and make you realize that your thoughts determine your output and perceived efforts, strength…

A Challenge Well Worth It

Challenging hike! First 2 miles steep incline. Then eases up some. Additional steep inclines throughout the entire hike. Great views all around. Windy and cold…

Hot Springs Mountain

The first two miles are inclined and after that it’s a nice trail to hike.  It’s windy at the summit.  Nice weather to hike since…

Steep Hot Spring Peak

The first 2 miles……..  oh my goodness!  CRAZY!!!  But after that it was still a pain, but not as bad…. Glad it’s off my bucket…

Hot Springs Mt hike

It was cool but sunny. We were the only ones on the trail. Beautiful hike!

Cool hot springs mountain

It was lovely starting out from the reservation campground where I stayed the previous night. The weather was perfect for this hike, with only the…

Hot Springs Mountain with Dan

Beautiful day for a hike and brought my buddy Dan up there for his first time.  I always really enjoy this hike such a pretty…

Cold Springs Mountain

Brrrr. Freezing wind not so hot at Hot Springs Mountain. Straight forward hike with no issues.

The tallest one in SD county

We enjoyed this remote hike with vast views in all directions. The fire road is well maintained, no snow, just some evidence of freshly cut…

2022 – Hot Springs Mountain

Wrapping up the SD Six-Pack of Peaks with Hot Springs Mountain, my fifth hike to HSM summit! This was a great day and I hiked…

HOT SPRINGS MNT.

First two miles are the toughest. You climb about 1300 feet in two miles. After that its relatively easy with gradual climb to Summit.

All alone!

I went alone and stayed alone!  No one else out there Friday.  The views were incredible but the wind was intense. There is a well…

No Hot Springs at Hot Springs

Damn those first 2 miles!!! A lot of people comment about having to hike a fire road, I didn’t mind it. Once you tackle those…

Hot Springs Mountain

A few downed trees, but still easily passable.  First two miles very steep and after two miles opens up to alpine feel and undulating hills.…

Hot Springs Mountain Peak

Great hike. Felt like walking on a glittery dirt road.  Kicked my ? going up hill most of the way. Some areas offered great shade.

Hot Springs

Wonderful hike with outstanding views!!  IMHO, best views I have experienced while hiking in San Diego.  Weather was perfect with cool air and crystal clear…

Hot Springs

Wonderful hike with outstanding views (IMHO one of the best in San Diego).  Weather was perfect with crystal clear sky, slight breeze and cool temps.

Hot Springs on a perfect Day

Okay, this was the choice for our 2nd peak this year’s challenge.  Not quite as far away from home as Palomar Mtn, and we had…

The misty fire tower

Steep first couple miles then a nice meander through the woods.  Lots of downed trees and limbs from the recent rains.  Cool ladder/ropes at the…

First Time @ Hot Springs Mountain

This was my first time visiting Hot Springs Mountain. Really great day for Hot Springs Mountain – perfect temps and fairly cloudy skies made the…

Highest peak in san diego

Hot springs mountain Remember that the first 2 miles is the hardest. For this hike we started late since the station opens at 8 there…