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Incredible hike. Easy to find. Only saw 2 other groups on the trail. The hike up the dirt road is very straightforward and pretty steep. Once you get near the summit the real fun begins! Lots of bouldering until you near the top. The bouldering is very doable except for the last part. Just before the summit there is a cave and you have to use a rope to climb up a very difficult section. Experienced hikers should have no problem with it, but beginners or those afraid of heights may have a tough time. The summit view is a gorgeous 360 degree view, well worth the effort :)
The majority of the hike was a steady climb up a jeep trail - not too strenuous but it'll get ya sweating. Nice views the whole way up. Once you pass the point where the trail turns downhill and levels out you start to climb. Feels like doing lunges as you attempt to navigate the overgrown trail as it, and you, squeezes between boulders. This is where the trail was getting to be more fun, technical, and sweat-inducing. Sometimes a boost from a hiking pal came in very handy. When you are almost at the top is gets really fun as long as you are comfortable doing some climbing with the aid of a rope and a willingness to muscle up some tough spots. Then you'll get to explore the caves and pop out onto some cliffs and get up to the very peak.
In short, try to make it out in the winter or at least a cooler day, be prepared to climb, and take a buddy. Would not recommend solo-hiking this one because of the climbing at the end!
idk why everyone says this trail is hard. it was pretty easy. not challenging at all. we only brought 3 bottles of water and that was more than sufficient. ofcourse bring tons of water to hydrate. we didn't tale any breaks either. the climb up to the peak is all up hill and like doing lunges
the way down was a walk in the park.
definitely not a difficult hike. i did it with my 4 year old son.
I've done this many times from different approaches and each approach and descent is unique. I approached from Jamul Road then up the designated trail. If your biking, 60% is hike-a-bike if your a weekend warrior. I descended to the golf course, eventually. To exit, you must travel on private property and the golf course. So, be respectful and perhaps travel in small groups. Overall, the descent is one of the best in San Diego with two 3 mile sections with the lover section being more developed and the upper being rocky and very bushy.
Very little activity on either of the major loops. A few bikers and horse riders when I went Sunday morning, but when I returned Monday after work I did not see a single soul the whole 7.33 miles (I did multiple side trails). Very convenient if you live In Otay or Chula Vista but want to do a hike closer to home.