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it was a pleasant view! totally recommend it!

hiking
1 day ago

A good workout. Very nice views.

hiking
1 day ago

Loved this hike. Good workout with panoramic views at the top. Someone took away the flag and left just the pole. Wear good supportive hiking shoes, lots of loose rocks. Will be back to this one again

Really good hike. Has some stretches that are challenging like the last bit to the top but the views are worth it. Well marked trails too.

Nice hike with some challenging sections. The six mile loop is a combination of a bunch of different paths so I recommend running this app during your hike. You can’t just zone out and walk/run the whole thing. When you come out of the parking lot, there is a cool bridge over a canyon. You turn left once across the bridge to get to The Fortuna loop. If you want to go counterclockwise, the path off to the right is roughly a hundred yards after turning left from the bridge. If you turn right from the bridge, there are some very steep repeated climbs for a warm up.

I did it counterclockwise and enjoying hustling up the long run of steps. I definitely preferred going up those versus down. It took me just over 90 minutes to complete. There are spectacular views from both peaks. I was fine starting at 8am on a weekday in mid-November with a 12-16oz bottle of water. I passed maybe five people going in my direction and about the same going the other way.

hiking
2 days ago

Not really a hike but not really a walk either. Great training location with lots of options in side trails and such. My normal route covers about 6 miles.

I love that height it's so green

Cowles is heavily trafficked and lots of dust in the air. almost nobody after connect with Pyles

This is a pretty quick hike but it can be steep in spots which is great for me since I'm an experienced hiker. The view from the top is amazing.

hiking
8 days ago

first time hiking this trail. its relatively a short hike but has steep inclines towards the summit. easy to find parking and the trail is dog friendly. not a lot of shade and the summit can get a little crowded but overall great views at the top! not very crowded either. i ran into maybe 30 people the whole time on a saturday morning.

Fantastic views. Moderately challenging depending on the level of sun and heat you're encountering. Bring more water than you need and do the hike clockwise so that the heavy incline (on the S.Fortuna side), is actually a decline.

Great Hike! Lots of other hikers! Some parts are a little tough and steep, but rewarding view at top make it worth the pain. Not a lot shade, cover up or have sun screen.

I wouldn't reccomend the north trail for mt biking unless you like hike !bike

Beautiful hike and breath taking views at the top! Plus, a great workout.

hiking
18 days ago

I take the shortcut trail going up on the right (west) side, after the housing area and the large water tank. This hike is only about three miles, but is great for getting the legs, heart and lungs pumping because of steep incline.

When you need a trail to get you back into it after a 2 month summer hibernation. Off to Cuyamaca

hiking
26 days ago

Proper challenge for beginners :)

hiking
27 days ago

Got a little lost, would highly suggest keeping a map close by. Great hike overall. Little hidden ponds were fun to find.

Good workout, lots of up and down. We went counterclockwise and hit the stairs going up. The trails are marked with changing names. Hard to get lost, but easy to make a wrong turn. Great view from both peaks.

Easy hike, not very taxing at all. Stellar views, nice trail, cool trees. 10/10

hiking
1 month ago

This was a great hike. Not too easy, not too hard....just right :-).
A great hike for beginners or intermediate hikers.
This is a great workout hike and could easily be done several times a week.

hiking
1 month ago

This was a great hike. Not too easy, not too hard....just right :-).
A great hike for beginners or intermediate hikers.
This is a great workout hike and could easily be done several times a week.

Great hike!!

Went on a weekday, and there were barely any hikers or riders on the trail. Surely challenging the last mile, but well worth it!

Awesome trail! Gradual incline on the switchbacks. I am fat and hate switchbacks but this was moderate and doable. Some areas are Rocky ankle twisters, also a few rock scrambles. Pay the $10 to park at the campground don't cheat it that money helps maintain the trails. Don't be a ass. Bathrooms at the campground are clean picnic tables for lunch, nice place. Julian up the road is nice stop for an ice cream reward.

Great work out. Watch out for some areas of lose gravel. So many trails out here I love it.

1 month ago

I have hiked this trail a few times. It is so close to where many of us live and very accessible.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice steep but smooth hike! Great 360 degree view from the top! Started the hike around 0800 and it was perfect out.

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