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Great views. Up up then down down. Some erosion on trails. All around great hike.

Hiked all the way to the falls on a partly sunny afternoon. We spent about 4 hours in total just going to the different creek areas and hanging out by the beautiful falls. They are overfull from all the wonderful rain we've been having and I suspect this is one of the most beautiful times.
Start your hike by the landfill sign and dirt road if you want a short cut. Trail does get very thin at some points and was a tad overgrown at times as well. I will definitely be back soon!

Trail is nice for an easy walk in the San Dieguito River area. There was a lot of mountain bike traffic on the day that we went so if you aren't a fan of mountain bike traffic then we suggest an alternate trail. Most of the bikers were courteous and yelled out their position when they were approaching so it is relatively safe.

First timer and I loved the trails. The fire road running down the center was alright but being the single track aficionado that I am it wasn't bad by any means. Did the 10.3 route loop on here by way of: way up trail, left at main junction towards lake Hodges' overlook to witch trail then loop back around to maintenance road to chaparral trail to equine incline looping around and back to way up trail. Very rocky at times, long steady climbs with occasional short but steep pitches and mix of single track and fire road. It was showering throughout my run and after 36 hours of good rain prior to that, the trail was easily runnable still. I'll be making the drive back here.

2 days ago

Gorgeous! Nice variety of terrain.

3 days ago

Nice variety on the 9 mile loop. It was a gorgeous walk to end around sunset.

Loved this hike, easy hike to the waterfall but you can make it more challenging & get better exercise if you go up & over the hill it loops back to the parking. Once you get to the waterfall dont turn back, continue on & follow the signs up.

This was just what I needed. This was a fun hike. We went the long way to the falls, making the hike a little over five miles. Went off the trail after a little confusion and found bee boxes.....but found the right way again and finally made it to the falls and back to our car. The longer way is not easy, by the way. Not hard, but there is some uphill climbs.

Morning hike with family. Beautiful hike. My only complaint would be the road bikes that are very quiet coming up behind you. It's hard to move out of the way if your engaged in conversation and don't hear them coming. There's no need to be rude about it either, we didn't hear you jack knife. Mountain bikes were louder and more courteous, perhaps the mountain bike riders are familiar with walking a trail as well as riding it, so they get the dilemma.