Hellhole Canyon Open Space Preserve Trails is a 6.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Valley Center, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
An easy hike in an area with blooming flora to enjoy. At the beginning of the hike there are signs that give you information about the area. There are a few loops or hikes you can do in the preserve so you can make your hike as long or as short as you'd like.
I don't know how this is rated as easy. Especially if you climb up the other side which is steep and exposed. Pretty, down in the ravine.
main trail ok. go off the main trail and be prepared for a rocky walk. by the way, bees bees and more bees!!!!!
Twice hiked Hellhole; March 26, 2016 & December 19, 2015 and enjoyed the terrain with a great group of friends! Both times we racked up 9.50 plus hiking mileage and each time we reached Rodriguez Peak geological mark
Complete the 3.8 mile loop, first 3/4 mile is down hill which means the last return is 3/4 mile up hill. This is more of a moderate hike than easy. Overall, worth the drive out to Valley Center. It was overcast, which was nice.
Friday was a great day go hiking I did the 3.8 mile hike
Me and Sherpa hiking friend, Swagger completed the Paradise and Rodriquez Mountain gigantic loop, a total of 9.6-plus miles of toughness! This was a rugged long hike. The view from Rodriquez Peak, Geological Marker was amazing! You could see how far away is the trailhead, facing south and facing north you could see Valley View Casino! We started at 0830 hours and arrived back at the trailhead around 1430 hours, after numerous breaks! When we started, we only saw about 8 hikers and only 2 (father/son) did only half of the loop!I could knock this off my bucket list!
Bring LOTS of water!
Very nice hike with well marked trails. It was hot, do take extra water. The preserve is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays which we did not know.
Did this hike today and it was really hot, even at 9am. Probably 20 degrees warmer in the canyon then on top. Lots of loose rocks on the trail in many parts. The first mile is almost all down into the canyon and then the rest is up to you. Several different trail options. Other then the heat it was a nice hike. Just remember to save some energy because the last mile is all steep uphill and it's later in the day when it's hotter. Take a lot of water.
This is a nice hike with great mountain views. Ok for pets and kids. The incline back to the top is strenuous but the path in the valley is well marked and wide. The ground is soft dirt so it's easy on the feet. I recommend spring and fall due to the heat in summer months. Trail is closed in August due to the high temps.
This trail was tough in a good way. It gets awfully hot in the day even in February. We enjoyed this trail the only down side was if you come down from the peak on the west side of the mountain the trail is washed away and you can get lost. There are also plenty of snakes so be on lookout!
Tough hike but fantastic views from the top. I did this on a clear sunny day and only just had enough water to get around the whole loop. Start early if the sky is clear, the Valley Center area can get much hotter than other areas in San Diego and there is no shade after the initial walk down into the canyon.
We started this hike at 9am, weather was perfect. We did the whole 9ish mile loop in about 3.5 hrs. This trail is NOT easy. Not sure why this trail is rated easy, but is more intermediate to advanced type of trail. If you do the 9 mile loop, you will be climbing about 2500 ft. The trails are clearly marked, but there are many ruts and rocks on the trails. If you go to the viewpoints, it will add some distance, so our round trip was about 10.7 miles. The views are amazing! We didn't see any other hikers until we were almost back to the start, so I highly recommend this hike if you don't like crowds and really want to get away. There is plenty of free parking at the staging area and we even spoke to a host who gave us some advice about the trail. We didn't see any wildlife, aside from lizards, but there can be snakes, deer and mtn lions in the area. There are also shorter, less difficult trails to take for those not wanting anything too difficult, but either way, there is a climb back up to the staging/parking area at the end, so plan for that. Great, challenging hike up the mtn if you really like to be away from people and in the bush!
It's closed for the entire month of August due to extreme heat. Check weather conditions before going also.
It was an okay hike, easy to find.. bit its lacking in scenery... The waterfall was dried whenever I had hiked it so there wasn't much to see. Still an enjoyable hike.
This hike is deceptively strenuous. Many times I've run across people who spend all their energy getting to the Mountain but forget that the hike back to the car is uphill too. Very little shade throughout. Don't expect the trailhead to have potable water running. Use caution and BRING WATER.
Very hot on the trail. Make sure to bring a liter of water for each mile you plan on hiking.
Hiked the trail with my 10 year old son. The trail starts off level but then drops. At the bottem of the hill is a creek, good for cooling off. Then the trail starts back up hill for a short distance then levels off for the remainder of the trail. I gave the trail 3 stars because most of the trail was overgrown which was rough on the legs if wearing shorts. Came accross hikers in jeans with no water. Sugestion bring extra water, not for you but for the inexperienced who may need it.