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1 day ago

The trail is in great condition for the 3.5 miles we hiked (7 mile round trip). Lovely views of Temecula Valley and Vail Lake as we came back down to the campground.

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3 days ago

A good workout. Very nice views.

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.

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9 days ago

We just did this yesterday from Modjeska Canyon, parked at the Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary and hiked all the way up to Santiago Peak. It was 28.6 miles round-trip and took us nearly 13 hours! Really just did this as climbing Santiago Peak was on my bucket list, don’t need to ever do it again! Take a lot of water and snacks. We took headlamps too as we started in the dark and the last 2 hours we had to finish in the dark, which I would not recommend, poor judgement on our part and was awful! If you’re parking in Modjeska you may need to display in your car a Cleveland national forest pass which we already had. The views were cool, but this is not really a “pretty” hike. I would also suggest ibuprofen, 28.6 miles is a hell of a long hike, my hips started to ache after a while and the ibuprofen helped! Sunscreen too is an obvious thing to pack. Wear layers too, can be pretty cold in the parts with no sun exposure, and early morning and evening. We did this in November, temperature was perfect 75* was the high, would not suggest this in the summer months.

It was well kept and not highly trafficked.

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.

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

Super fun! I lived it

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.

Solid overall hike! Also can confirm that while it is a bit tight at the top with vegetation, I had no real trouble getting through and is currently very accessible. Only negative is the parking lot is a decent distance to the actual trailhead.

1 month ago

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

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1 month ago

I have done all the mission trails. Ok for an afternoon or morning walk

on Pyles Peak Trail

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1 month ago

Pretty good hiking trail

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2 months ago

Probably the best mission trails hike

Great trail and a good workout. Maps available at the trailhead. I took the route clockwise, so I hit North Fortuna first and came down South Fortuna. It was a little hard on the knees going down those steep stairs after the South Fortuna peak. Also towards the end it wasn't totally clear where I was supposed to go, lots of 4-way intersections, but I think as long as you head in the right general direction you can't get lost.

The "Getting There" is inaccurate - you shouldn't go to Equestrian Circle for this trail head. But if you click on the "Directions" it leads you in the right place. Just type in 11441 Clairemont Mesa Blvd to your GPS.

Hiked it this morning....would be greatly challenging for a beginner and I’d say a moderate hike for more experienced hikers. The trail gets steep (stairs) but isn’t horrible. The views can be decent on a clear day....downtown San Diego and Coronado bridge can be easily seen from the summit. All in all a good time to be had for all.

Not to bad, the fire damage is significant so a lot of the trails are blocked off but all in all a great place to walk around in the afternoon

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

Did this as practice for a backpacking trip. The view was sometimes interesting but still only to an extent, considering the fact that it was surrounded by highways and buildings. Could get decently steep on occasion. Despite the lack of scenery, it was definitely a challenge with a pack on my back and was very clearly marked with no bugs to worry about. Good hike with limited options in the area.

fun trail run, gets pretty steep on the climb up at a couple points but will definitely go back

Did this hike yesterday. Great challenge. Beautiful views. Had a blast!

longer than indicated. full sun exposure towards the top.

You hike up Cowls Mountains and off to the side at the top you proceed to Pyles. Take plenty of water. Get there early because parking can be limited and turn wheels to curb. It took 2 hours and 23 minutes to do both hikes.

nice easy loop. some sections were closed for fire recovery. I took my dog and had a good back pack in and out. even with closures it was easy to navigate around.

a great beginner hike!

I loved this hike! Lots of shade to cool under and it’s a quiet hike. This place is beautiful! No one was on the trail when I went so all I was able to hear was the animals in the bushes, birds chirping and lizards moving around. The first time getting here I didn’t know there was a $5 day fee. I ended up just getting a annual pass all year so I can go back here. The camping spots are very pretty. Some have huge spots available with great shade!

Love this trail

hiking
4 months ago

Great for a morning workout and enjoying the views.

we took the north trail on the way up and came down the South, highly recommend taking the South trail. Happy Trails

Many of the trails closed for wildfire recovery. Awesome trail. My family enjoyed it a lot. We will go many more times when all trails opened

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