REALLY wish I'd read the reviews first!
The trail isn't marked at all. So, just my luck, I went the wrong way and went up the wrong mountain (hill, probably) to start off with! It was only a mile off course, and the map on the app didn't help because poor reception.
On my way back to where I was pretty sure I was supposed to go I saw a trail going up so I took it. Apparently that's the steep side these reviews talk about. KILLER work out! I never found any switchbacks. Maybe a few near the top. It was pretty much straight up the whole way.
I went early so there wasn't really anyone to follow on the way back down and somehow I took the same steep side going back. DON'T DO THAT! Super dangerous without the right equipment. My shoes have great traction but I felt unsafe.
About the top:
Great view of all of San Diego. If you go early enough and catch the sun rising you get a stunning view of the light bouncing off of all the buildings Downtown.
Any Patriots will really love this hike. The hard work to get there and then seeing the American and POW flags gives you some real perspective. Do yourself a favor and take a minute to sing the National Anthem while you're there.
This is right by my home. There were at least a dozen people out there at 6pm. Doesn't say closed out there. I went alone but I recommend a partner. Some areas were hard but not terrible. I'm not young or in perfect shape. It was a great work out. Don't expect to be clean when you're done!