Bring lots of water! This trail is super difficult but worth the trek! Did it 10/20/16, got a late start 1145a 95 degrees! Got to mile 3 started to get calf cramp, decided to suck it up. Had to reach the peak! Just past mile 3 there is a sign warning not to continue if it is past 1:30 pm as the trail & parking lot closes at 6:30pm sharp. I was there at 1:00 pm and decided to continue on. At mile 5, the trail is very confusing, hard to make out which way to go to the peak. At this point you are climbing rocks and walking through knee high brush. 1/2 mile took me 30 minutes and once at the top the calf cramp was unbearable! Thought I should call 911, instead decided to suck it up and limp my way back. At the 4 miles to the parking lot my right leg started to cramp and I ran out of water (A CAMEL PACK ALONE IS NOT ENOUGH). Now I'm face with one leg hurting when climbing and the other hurting on down hills. At mile 3, getting dehydrated and thinking I'm not going to make it, on the verge of calling 911! Suck it up is all I could say to myself and thinking of the show I shouldn't be alive! The last two miles I basically was in a daze, thirsty in pain but had to get out!
Great hike, not for the faint of heart, not for beginners! Be in excellent physical shape! Be hydrated before you go, take lots of water and sunscreen as there is hardly any shade.
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Steep hike. The climbs are steep enough that coming down is delicate regardless of how sure-footed you are. Two false peaks will try to drain your resolve. Half mile to the summit is a bit of a bushwhack. Cliffs are another mile+ past the fork at the saddle before the summit. ATT LTE nearly the whole hike. Great to be away from crowds of hikers though. Budget 5 hours at least to hike the trail. Gate closed at 630pm on Sunday in October.
difficult from an endurance standpoint. amazing workout and spectacular views! reserve energy for the hike back. hike on a cool/cold day as there is very little shade. bring lots of water (a few liters minimum per person) and bananas will help if you experience cramping. hiking poles and good tread shoes will be helpful as well. For me this is the toughest hike in the San diego area, but also the most rewarding. enjoy!
Hiked this in JUL/AUG.. Loved this hike because it was a challenge! It was a major workout... The steep and rocky inclines and declines were throughout so it was uphill basically both ways and a lot of rock climbing lol... Many people had a rough time.. Bring a lot of water and a snack... Enjoy the burn and reapply sunscreen frequently! You will fell accomplished after! Get there early!