Not very long trail, but very fun. Last part of the summit is steep, but more than worth the view from the top. Great panoramic with a cool cove between some boulders at the top. The park is is very clean and lots of things to do at the base and benches along the way. It's all clearly marked. REMEMBER to bring $3 for day use /parking fee.
You don't want to go alone to hike. But, the trails were great, the view is spectacular. The park itself it so cute. There are two jungle gyms. Bathrooms with running water. Shade, lots of trees.... Until you go hiking. Then bring lots of water. I will certainly go back. PS, it was 93 degrees, so not the best on a hot day, but we survived and bought water there.
I've hiked this trail 2 or 3 times. It's a very pleasant hike,but it's to short. that's my only complaint. it's a great place for picnics and has a playground for kids. I do recommend and it's very pleasant. my 3 stars are because it's short.I suggest you read Afoot and Afield is a book about trails in San Diego.
This is an ok spot for a leisure walk, along the paved path that surrounds the lake. My kids took their bikes here as well, but there wasn't much to entertain them and the ride was very simple. The marshy area of the back lake was pretty dry and there are mosquitoes around the stagnant water areas, so be careful of those.
This trail is open year 'round. It's near where I live so I hike it often. They adjust the hours of the park based upon the daylight. After parking there's a nice easy entrance hiking South along the river. We've seen deer along the trail on several occasions. The trail then takes an uphill turn that leads eventually to a saddle from which you can go South to the Promontory, or North to the Stelzer Peak. The road/trail to the North is fairly steep, and the footing is less than stable, though certainly doable. Coming down is actually a little harder than going up. The hike to the South from the saddle is a little easier and provides nice views of the Lakeside and El Cajon municipalities. It's a little bit of a bummer that SDG&E have run multiple towers across the park. On the way back to the parking you can either follow the trail back the way you came, or head straight(er) back to the park. In the park there are extensive climbing hardware and other playground toys for kids, complete with a chipped wood base for soft(er) landings. In truth, except for the hiking this park is made for kids.