5 Peaks Shuttle Trail is a 12.1 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near San Diego, California that features a river and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.
The five peaks are awesome, but I would avoid this path. The route between Pyles Peak and Mission Gorge Road is totally off trail and much of it is through very thick/dense/sharp brush, trees, bushes, etc. It was almost impossible to get through and we got scraped to hell. It also dumps out out on the outside of a locked fence surrounding a neighborhood. We got lucky and found a gate that was unlocked, but I still feel bad about going off trail.
You can still hit all five in a day, but might have to backtrack after Pyles, then walk over and hit the other three.
Overall pretty awesome loop. Just be forewarned there is a BUNCH of bushwacking required once you get past Pyles Peak, especially the last 1/3 mile or so. Make sure you have the app downloaded to help with navigation.
Great hike/run. Bagging all five peaks in one day is the best way to truly see mission trails. Start early! You can link all five by hiking on road from the Santee side near the campground to the backside of cowles mountain.