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Hot Springs Mountain

It was definitely a tough hike but the views from the top were amazing.  Totally worth it!  I was glad I had read some descriptions…

Perfect Day, Perfect Hike!

Great hiking day with weather topping out in mid 60’s. Winds not bad. Bugs could have been an annoyance but a friend in the group…

Hiking with a golden eagle

Most of the heat is over and the rain has not yet started, so this was a good week to finish my SD 6-pack. It…

Hot Springs Mountain Trail

Camping at the Los Coyotes Reservation opened back up on September 1st 2021 so we reserved a spot and headed towards the reservation. I was…

Long but worth the views!

Great trail and mostly free of bugs if you start before the day light hits. I started this hike around 5AM and was amazed by…

Hot Springs

There was a lot of  flying bugs but it is a beautiful hiking trail

Cooler Weather at Hot Springs

Like many reviews say the first two miles are the most difficult. Once we got to the wooded part it was perfect temp. Oak trees…

Swarms and Springs

Beautiful day for a hike! We passed Mt. Woodson on the way and it was covered in clouds, but it was beautiful and sunny in…

Hot Springs Mountain

We had originally planned to hike High Point, but upon arrival we learned that the forest service closure for Cleveland National Forest had been extended.…

Hot Springs Mountain

We had originally planned to hike High Point, but upon arrival we learned that the forest service closure for Cleveland National Forest had been extended.…

No Hot springs

On this day, admittedly, we initially set out for Mt San Jacinto for training but were turned around in town stating that national forests were…

Hot Springs Mountain

This is the highest peak in San Diego!! Views from the top are absolutely stunning and you can see all the mountains and valleys in…

Overcoming the Fear of the Ladder

We started out on the hike/trail run around 11 a.m. – It was much cooler than normal (only around the high 80s)…The Fee to get…

Another beautiful San Diego day!

We started about 7:30am and it was warm but wasn’t too warm. There was plenty of shade during our ascent though the flies were annoying.…

Hot Springs Mountain

I did this hike starting at 9 am and was done around 1 I believe. It was a dry day and thankfully I had a…

Hot Springs Afternoon

Definitely wished my schedule allowed for a morning hike, but alas!  Started at 2 PM, brought 6 liters of water, only needed 3 (thankfully), was…

Biblical bugs

Wait till fall or Go in the evening when it’s cooler and bugs are back in the ground. It’s bad during the day time heat.…

Combating flies on Hot Springs

The flies made this hike absolutely miserable. I heard this was a pleasant hike but I picked the wrong day. It was hot and flies…

Honestly, worst hike ever

Just to reiterate my hike title… I absolutely hated this hike. -bugs were absolutely unbearable!!  My husband and I were bit terribly.. no amount of…

New Friend

Hikes with a new friend! Started at 6:30 and it was really hot by the time we got off the trail at 10:30. Had the…

Hot Springs Mountain

The first two miles of this hike are the hardest (steep and exposed), after that it’s smooth sailing. Cost to get in is $10 per…

Hot Springs Mountain

It was a good day and a good hike. The hike itself isn’t too bad, a little steep and rough for the first 2 miles…

So many flys!!

Hot Springs mountain is a little over 10 miles out and back. Alltrails says it’s 9.8 but I had 10.26 on my iWatch and my…

Hot Springs Mountain Summit

Got to the Ranger station at 7:30 and there was someone there to take my $10 and wish me a happy hike. Took 2 hours…

Toughest hike yet!

Long hike today. Difficult too, but we did it. Hot Springs Is the highest summit in San Diego. Done. Two more hikes to do for…

Hot Springs Mountain on a Cool day

Started at 8:45 am with the temperature at 43 degrees at trail head. Sky was clear but there was some wind. The first portion of…

Hike 3: Hot Springs Mountain

I have a feeling that this trail will be one of my favorite in the challenge. The first was steep, but bearable. Then it levels…

Hot Springs, Cool Hike

Besides the disappointment of there being no Hot Springs on Hot Springs Mountain, the climb was memorable. It was a pretty brutal, relentless uphill, and…

Hot Springs

First (and last) 2.5 miles are tough and a bit boring. Loved the rest of the hike. Brought back memories of Ragnar Los Coyotes.

Hot Springs Mountain

First 2.6 miles are uphill then the rest is rolling hills .  Beautiful views

Nelson Camp to Hot Springs Mountain

Was granted access to one of the non-public routes up to Hot Springs Mountain. In the past, one could hike up from Nelson Camp to…

Gnarly start, Beautiful finish

Got a late start around 10am. The weather was cool and no wind. The first 2 miles of the hike are a bit difficult. exposed…

DONT DO MCDONALDS BEFORE A HIKE!!

Never begin a hike when the night before you’ve had 2 McDonalds sandwiches and the morning of the hike you eat a McDonalds breakfast… ugh…

Red Loop Flashbacks

#4 Hike of San Diego Six Peaks. Note, it is $10 per person, not car to enter the reserve. Ranger Station opens at 8 am,…

Hot Springs

Exposed, straight up, pretty in the tree line, cool lookout and 360 views

Alone Atop san Diego County

Started early (9:30 am) and encountered only two other people all day.  Didn’t attempt the final scramble up the rock to the USGS marker.  Nevertheless…

Raining Ice Cubes!

Due to my travel schedule, I decided to knock the last 4 peaks of this San Diego Challenge out in 4 days.  I realized that…

Blowing away on Hot Springs Mtn

It was a windy and refreshing day and we only passed about 17 hikers which was wonderful. I think the hardest part about this one…

Hot Springs

First couple miles are steep. Not bad though. Gate was locked until 8am so you can’t get there early and pay on the way out.

Hot Springs

Great hike, not too hot. The first couple of mile were as described- steep & no cover. There were a lot of California poppies blooming…

Hot Springs Mountain

I met with a group called Trail Gems 50+.  Very nice women.  It was a beautiful day and the poppies were blooming.

Last but not Least

To conclude my SD challenge, it was just right to hike the highest peak in SD county. We were by the office at exactly 8am…

Hot Springs…not so hot

(forgot to post) Great day for a hike. Not too challenging but, we tend to take it slow. Beautiful day overall, and meet some nice…

Hot Springs Mtn

Absolutely beautiful views, stunning forest and amazing scenery.  Loved this hike!

#5 Hot Springs

First two miles were steep but all in all a beautiful hike

Hot Springs Mountain Trail

The first two miles were pretty steep and warm. Once we got into the trees, the incline was more gradual and there was a little…

#5 Hot Springs Mtn

Started at 8am on a cool saturday morning with family. Skies are clear and great day to be hiking this place.

Not so Hot Springs Mountain

This was a GREAT hike!  Our clan started at 12:33 pm and ended at 5:33 pm. Our pace was steady but not fast as we…

Hot Springs Mountain

Perfect day! Great weather, not too hot or cold.  Grateful for a partial cloud cover on the descent.  Beautiful fields of poppies and views at…

Hot Springs

First 2 miles is a calf burner, steady uphill. Weather was perfect. You’ll be greeted with the stunning views at the summit! This completes this…

2021 Hot Springs Moutain

Perfect peak to finish this San Diego Challenge! Perfect weather too! Hot Springs is always fun. As expected, first two miles is intense and no…

That was Hard Hot Springs Mountain

This is a very good trail, actually a fire road that is in good condition.  The first two miles are very tough and almost all…

Road to Hot Springs

Took the two hour drive down from LA and hit the trail shortly after 9:30 am. The first two miles were steep and my lack…

Beautiful Hike!!!

This was my first time on this hike. It was beautiful! Gates do not open until 8:00a and you must pay $10 per person (not…

Hot Springs Mountain

We started our hike at 9am and although there were some cars there before us, we didn’t see another person until we were halfway to…

Palomar Hot Buzz

Started out from Oak Grove trailhead, strenuous single track without shade until maybe halfway up. Lots of nats flying in my face…made it to the…

Hot Springs Mtn

Awesome 360 views, perfect weather. First two miles are a nice challenge but it eases out the rest of way to the summit. Loved it.

Hot Time on Hot Springs

Beautiful day for a hike!  Blue skies, scattered clouds, and warm.  It was a hot hike not because of the temperature, but because of how…

Hot Springs Mountain

This was a tough one. Hit about 1,100 feet by mile 2. It was soo beautiful though. Everything was green, the wildflowers were blooming, weather…

One day Two peaks

4/8/21 13:14 Trail Entrance (out) 15:10 Hot Springs Mountain summit 15:26 signed summit register 17:15 Trail Entrance (back)

One day Two peaks

4/8/21 13:14 Trail Entrance (out) 15:10 Hot Springs Mountain summit 15:26 signed summit register 17:15 Trail Entrance (back)

Exhausting and WOW!

As many have reported, the first 2 miles are the most difficult especially if you are not used to altitude. It really gets your lungs…

Hot Springs

What a beautiful trail! We did this hike on a Thursday and started right at 8(gate doesn’t open till8). The first 2 Mike’s were a…

Love to Los Coyotes

One of the most beautiful hikes in San Diego area. Please be sure to pay the $10/person fee at the check in station. If no…

Hot Springs

Today I hiked one of the best trails thus far. 10 miles of complete bliss. Perfect weather, birds singing, deer crossing, woodpeckers doin their thing…

Midday hiked

On Friday 4/2/2021 I spent the hole day in San Diego county hiking couple of the 6 peak challenge trail.   As the day goes…

Cold, windy, Hot Springs Morning

Make sure you arrive no earlier then 8am. The gate was locked when we arrived at 7:30am. It was windy, icy & cold through out…

Beautiful day for a hike

Beautiful hike with a little patches of snow. Finding the summit was a little challenging for me.

Hot Springs Mtn

One of my favorite SD Hikes! It’s like a beautiful enchanted forest after the fire-road.  This was Peak 2 of the day, and Peak 3…

Hot Springs

Gorgeous Day. Most of the snow is gone from the trail. No spikes or poles needed. Weather was perfect.

Hot Springs Mountain

Sunday morning hike… arrived before 8 AM and had to wait for the gate to be opened! For a Sunday it was not crowded at…

Hot Springs Mountain

It rained the night before which meant a dusting of snow to begin the trail and an inch or more at the top. Moreso the…

Chutes and Ladders

Best hike on the list yet!!  Hooked up with two strangers who are now my hiking buddies!!! Thanks for the awesome day Josh and Kelly.…

Snowy Hot Springs Hike

My first time hiking in snow. Beautiful scenery even though fog covered most of views. Met new friends. Very easy trail to follow except for…

Hot Springs mountain trail

The hike was a tough incline for the first two miles after that it got a little easier what made it hard was the snow…

Surprisingly beautiful hike

After last year’s horrible hiking conditions, this was a breath of fresh air. Some snow on the ground and no bugs. The sights were beautiful.…

Hot Springs Mountain

What a beautiful hike this was, would definitely come again.  There was just enough snow to make it a pleasant day. The wind was howling…

Highest peak in SD

It was a perfect day for this hike. Weather got to maybe 60s but the wind felt great. Only downfall, I forgot my chapstick in…

Highest peak in SD

Sorry i have tried this 3 times and keeps deleting. Great hike, amazing views, stop and look around. First 2.2 miles are the hardest, take…

So cold

Good hike, a little past the first two miles the trail mellowed out. You can be tricked to believe the water tower is the summit…

Hot Springs Peak

Great hike! First 2 miles are rough, but it climbs nice and gradual after that. Fun little climb to peak itself, but windy and frigid…

CHILLY Hot Springs

2/28/2021. Chilly & windy for the most part, however, the bright sunshine with clear blue skies made the hike much, much bearable & enjoyable. Layering…

Hot Springs Mountain

This is a late post. It was a cool and sunny day with few patches of snow along the trail. It starts with a steady…

Hot Springs Mt

Starting time was at 9am, Chilly but  comfortable bathing with the sunshine. 1st section trail was a challenge with rest in between. Mid section trail…

Highest Peak!

Started hiking at 9am, Chilly but  comfortable with the sunbeam. 1st section trail was a fun challenge with rest in between. Mid section trail was…

Hot Springs Mountain

Gate to get to the campground and trail head does not open until 8am. When you reach the stop sign at the entrance of Los…

Hot Springs, Cool Challenge

My favorite so far!  Don’t get there early, the gate doesn’t open until 8. Fee is$10 per person. We drove in and parked at the…

Up up and away

After the first 2 miles of of constant gain the scenery was outstanding. The pine trees were amazing.  Views from the summit are simple breathtaking.…

Hot Springs Peak

Some slush/ice but nothing serious. The first 2 miles are a beast then levels out into beautiful wooded areas. The view from the summit is…

Hot Springs Mountain

Nice walk up a mountain on a Sunday.  Got there early before the ranger station was open to take our $10/each. The first 2 miles…

Hot Springs Mountain ⛰

Hot Springs Mountain is located in the Los Coyotes Reservation. They open at 8am and there is a $10 per person fee. Started the hike…

San Diego’s tallest peak

Till the SD 6POP challenge didn’t even know what the SD tallest mountain was. Hot Springs Mt. is located on the Los Cayotes reservation. Gate…

My longest hike so far

Those first 2 miles are no joke. After that part it was really scenic and had small patches of snow that were fun to hike…

Hot Springs

Late post: some snow on trail. Gear is recommended.  Easy, beautiful trail. Make sure to take it all in.

Sukat Hike

This was probably one of my harder hikes. But an amazing view at the top!!

Hot Springs, Highest Peak in SD

The trail was a fire road and easy to follow. More snow/ice than expected. To reach the summit, follow the pink ribbons to the rock,…

Not So Hot on Hot Springs Mountain

Beautiful, breezy day to summit Hot Springs Mountain. There were just a few other hikers on the trail today. There are still areas with snow,…

Hot Springs Mountain Trail

Starting the climb was a workout! The views were beautiful also loved the pine trees, the snow patches were easy to cross. Was cool and…

1st peak- Hot Spring Mountain

We arrive to the trail head at 7:00 am and the gate is not open yet.  Around 8:00 am, someone opens the gate for us.…