boo r. on Monserate Mountain Trail
Not much for looks but this is a great workout. There is up to 1600 ft elev gain depending on the route you take. Don't try this if you haven't hiked recently or are a beginner. It can gain over 600 ft elev in the first mile!! If you want to train for Sierra mountains trips do this 2-3 times a week for a couple months. When you can summit the long route in under 50 minutes you will be ready to rock and roll!!
It can get hot!! so bring water and electrolytes and wear shoes with good traction. Also go early or late in the summer. There are also some beautiful sunsets at certain times of the year
Great hike right off the 15 freeway. I often do this hike on my way home from work. Its a tough one right from the beginning......a definite leg burner. The views are amazing from every vantage. I highly recommend going early in the day or later in the day to avoid the heat.
Today was probably my 6th time on this trail. I wanted a short, but challenging hike and Monserate didn't let me down. I ended up with a total of 4.33 miles today,. Of course you can do a lot of things on this hike to change the distance and the challenge. Only 2.33 miles to the top at 1570ft elevation; however, the elevation gain going up was 1523ft. The start point is at about 400ft. The weather was perfect, I had my "10 Essentials and beyond", and I carried 6 liters of water for added weight. This is excellent training for more challenging hikes. Next up for me is San Jacinto tomorrow to complete the So Cal Hiker 6 Pack of Peaks Challenge and the 52 Hike Challenge. Personal celebration coming tomorrow.
Great hike at the first trail marker go right downhill on the paved path around the mountain you will climb a steep mountain to the water tower then continue along the path to the stairs till the road comes to a fork head right up a short path to the peak to sign the book before heading down the mountain