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I started from the Jamul Drive trailhead and took the lower trail by the mine on the way up, since there were geocaches I wanted to get, then I went along the ridge on the way back. I did this during a July heat wave with temperatures well north of 100° and had over a gallon of water. I drained the last of it on the way back and was glad to have several more gallons waiting for me at the trailhead. This is a decent hike, and with the western view I can imagine you would get some nice ocean sunsets if you don't mind coming back in the dark, or moonlight.
I did this hike in May while there was still some water in the creek, and have also made bike runs through here in the summer coming from Honey Springs Truck Trail looking for geocaches. There's always cool shade so a relaxing experience is possible in summer, but I would say this area is best experienced while it's still green after the rains.
This is a good example of mixed terrain found in the back country mountains of the county. There are some inclines and washboard road here, and some flat areas with occasional scenic overlooks toward Otay mountain and a great view of Deerhorn Valley and Lyons Peak.
This was a great trail that was definitely challenging but fun near the top with all the bouldering! We weren't able to find the rope or cave but since I had a small dog with me we were happy with where we got pretty much at the top, with amazing views! Besides that the dirt path until that point is an easy steady incline up!
Mabel P. on Hollenbeck Canyon Trail
Beautiful, lush and green! Quiet and serene, easy to moderate but worth the views and nature. Saw just a handful of hikers and bikers! Great time with the bestie and perfect way to start up the new hike year! Get out and enjoy it!