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great trail. good elevatipn. great views. cant get lost either.

a lot of people, met a barefoot hiker who is cool. not too many people would stop and talk though.

Fun hike, no water as of 12/09/18 even with the rain earlier in the week.

really like this hike, just to get out of the house for a couple of hours

A hidden gem! This is an easy down and back trail in the middle of the city giving you the outdoors without going far.

Even if you don't have a dog it is fun to walk here and "dog watch". at 9:30am walked along the beachfront and along the path on the peninsula/island that protrudes in the inlet. lot's of birds and beach plants--the sandy path has signs identifying the pickleweed that grows here. Saw a few homeless people here. Not a bad place to walk/run.

great for learners, or getting back into shape, or just getting better. great view of San Diego, beautiful sunsets. Easily accessible. pleanty of parking, and places the eat nearby. Downfall is it's often crowded, people think theres maintaneance to pick up their already bagged dog poo and bust leave it on the trail (stupid!) theres zero shade (sucks in the summer), and natural vegetation suffers from frequent human activity (comparing to the rest of mission trails, even during the dry season theres still some green, but hardly on Cowels) a pro to that, is less wildlife (snakes in particular)

Nice hike up with combo of mild-moderate inclines, flat areas to recover, and rewarding views at the top. It didn’t feel crowded with people/dogs to the point that it slowed me down. I didn’t bring my dog because of some stories I heard about overheating, wildlife issues, and fights with other dogs. I guess I could see a fight occur where the trail is tighter in spots (same way up/down) and dogs would come in contact with each other. That said, all dogs were well behaved when I was there and the trail was impeccably clean.

Easy dog and kid-friendly trail with beautiful foliage in the fall. This loop intersects with many other trails in the area and it is easy to veer off course. Be sure to use AllTrails or other GPS to navigate. There is a designated parking lot with restrooms at the trailhead off of Sunset Hwy on Wooded Hill Rd. Need to have an Adventure Pass ($5 day pass, $30 annual pass) to park in the parking lot.

one of the first hikes I've done best hike I've done. easier and easier as I go. running down is always the best. had 1 time where I saw a baby rattlesnake but other than that it was good lots of foot traffic but amazing hike.

Really cool spot!!! So many trails and so much to see! I highly suggest checking out!!

As with many other reviews, this hike offers AMAZING views and photo ops. Definitely gets crowded because its such a family friendly nature walk. I was very disapointed with the lack of respect I saw for the trails and signs. Although we only saw about 5 people out of the 100s there this morning, it's definitely important to remind one another that rule #1 is respect the trail. People die from not respecting the trail. I saw 2 gentlement ignore "unstable cliffs, please stay back" signs just for a photo op. I also saw a group of about 5 young adults climbing up a rock for a photo op (which everyone was doing) but there was a clear path to climb up and signage to not trespass the way they chose to climb. We told them not to do it but we all need to be respectful so that these trails will last for future generations also.

If possible, find parking near by! Its $25 per car to use their lot!

hiking
16 days ago

I know I'm biased but this is one of my favorites! Yes it can get busy but nothing like Torrey Pines. The views up top are gorgeous and every time Ive been there everyone is considerate and friendly. Ive been at 6am as well as 10pm. Previous reviewers mention being courteous with head/flash lights because some of us do much better with night hikes in the moon light.

Definitely take water. If you go during sunmy hours there is no shade throughout the hike so plan accordingly (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, etc). I am definitely a "slow but steady" hiker and it takes me about 1 hr to the top and about 40 mins down.

walking
16 days ago

We went to Sunset Cliffs to take a walk, get out in natural and enjoy the sunset. I knew I wasn't there for a challenging hike. This was a post Thanksgiving recovery hike since I was dealing with many blisters from a previous hike...this was perfect! it provided incredible views and allowed us to climb and explore so we could be kids again for a little bit.

As of Thanksgiving 2018 this trail is still under construction but it did not hinder our experience in any way.

Gorgeous boulders, trees and easy to boot. Great for families.

This can get very crowded. It’s fairly steep and has an incredible view of the ocean. One of the best hikes I’ve ever been on. And then you get to walk the beach and maybe have a swim if you feel like it.

love the views

Great trail to walk with your kids.

Beautiful wilderness area. Lightly trafficked. Takes between 4-5 hours to complete. Bring 6-8 liters of water and 2,000-3,000 calories.if summiting in winter bring emergency blankets in case you need to bivy at the top.

saw squirrels having sex

Morning and daytime (during cooler weather) hikes here can be extremely busy! I go at night (bring head gear or hand flashlight). When using a flashlight at night please be mindful of either sticking your beam on the trail or just turn it off until they pass (some hikers prefer using the natural moonlight). Don't shine it in their eyes! It's rude and unsafe. Once at the summit, incredible views!

Awesome! Perfect weather. A little peoplie but great trip.

it was great hike.

Beautiful scenery through out the trail and ending with a beach walk back to the starting spot is a great cool down.

We did an 6am morning hike and it was perfect not too many people going up or coming down.

It would be better if you allowed bikes.

no water right now, very overgrown. would be great in season

hiking
29 days ago

Short, easy and, with a beautiful points to relax.

hiking
29 days ago

Trail is EXTREMELY crowded on the weekend (even at 7 AM).
Overlooks urban sprawl.
Peak is dominated by an ugly transmission tower.
I think one star is generous.

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