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Great views and great workout both ways

hiking
2 days ago

Saturday, 11/10/2018 completed The Warrior Challenge Hike supporting our Veterans Day 2018. Triumph at El Cajon Peak, signed the official Peak Log and located all 3 Geological Benchmarks. Tallied up 11.39 RT mileage and 3,936’ total elevation gains gains. 2nd time hiking the El Capitan Preserve and only made it El Capitan Peak back on 12/22/2013. 5-years later, 60-lbs lighter I now have sense of accomplishment being this is labeled the hardest hike in the entire San Diego County! So steep with numerous peaks and valleys to trek through I developed cramps again but all worth it at the end!

mountain biking
3 days ago

Great Trail if you want to test your climbing skills on your MTB. It’s a Challenge!!! Some pretty cool downhill trail options at the Top.

Great 10 mile hike!! I found this mountain to be very hard in the sense that is none stop up hill and down hill from beginning to end. It was a challenge!!! You definitely need plenty of water and snacks to replenish your energy.

Best bang for your one day hiking buck! Well marked informative mileage signs with elevation profiles. Only out and back trail in SD County that is up hill in both directions.

hiking
9 days ago

Beautiful walk, very easy but nice view. They have. Tepees they rent which might be fun. It’s a perfect place to walk with children.

Nice little loop, great for an easy, short hike.

we started at 7am, when the sun was nice and finished by 1pm, around 11am the sun killed us, we consumed much more water and stoped more often to rest. 2.5 - 3 liters of water was enough! :) start early, finish before the sun is up!! great hiking!

My girlfriends and I did this hike at 6am and we were back in the car by 11am. it was foggy when we reached the top so we couldn't enjoy the view. It was also freezing cold so we headed back down. It was a great work out for all of us and will definitely come back again.

Make sure you go early and wear shoes with good traction! It looks harder than it is.

hiking
22 days ago

My friend and I hiked this Saturday starting at 9:15am. It was during the October Santa Ana and now I know why I won't be hiking it in the summer months. It can get pretty hot.
We wanted to have a fun hiking distraction while hiking down so we created names for each of the steep sections that were challenging enough for worthy mention. Here are the names in descending order from the top...
1. Summit
2. Jalopy
3. Tater Tots
4. Feather Duster
5. Hey what?! WTF?!?!
6. Sarah's Song
7. Sugar, please
8. Eggsellent
9. Deadwood
10. Tardy to the Party
11. #11 (we didn't think of one)
12. Knee Break
13. Lifted Spirits
14. Beer, please

See if you can figure out why we named them!

Now one of my favorite trail!!

A perfect hike that is a test of endurance rather than being a hard technical climb. The path is clear allowing for a hands free ascent. It took about 4.5 hours, if you time it right, the sunset over the coast is spectacular.

trail running
26 days ago

I took my dog for a run on this trail because I was looking for something with a little more shade. This is a short loop to run, has really nice sections of shade, and also a few climbs and descents that make for a nice short workout with a rewarding view at the top! It’s a nice alternative to some of the more exposed trails at mission trails park. Good to add in the mix when you want a short sweet hike or run.

Great hiking, with amazing views.

Took my dog out early morning for a quick hike. She loved it! It was just after it rained so it was a little muddy but overall great trail.

walking
1 month ago

Great bike ride or walk/jog

A scenic nice hike. It has several slopes both upwards and downwards. I also spotted 3 deer along the trail and few other critters. I went on a somewhat rainy day and there was nobody else on the trail. Had a good time in the quiet wilderness.

first hike of our season. It's a burner. I'm way out of shape and this trail prove it. It's great in the am hours.

Ok, this is a no-joke trail! There are ups and downs the entire time - most hikes you get to the top and it's all downhill on the way home - NOT this one! It is especially a hard one if it's hot like it was today. Bring more water than you think you'll need. The signage here is GREAT! you cannot get lost - especially at the top where they were every few feet leading you to the VERY top. Awesome views!

Love this trail! Very hard try and go super early because it gets hot. One of the things I Noticed is that couple times I saw glass by where the parking is. The last time I was there they broke my rear window just to steal my backpack with nothing of value.
Shady people , just be careful

September 18th: This hike was gorgeous and challenging. I underestimated it and took only 2 liters of water. I ran out about halfway back to my car, and by the time I got fluids I was very ill. I want to reiterate a previous poster's suggestion - take at least 3 liters!! Amazing views at the top, well worth the hard work.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Espectacular vista y ambiente por la orilla del lago.
Súper sencillo el recorrido, apto para niños, principiantes, etc. Son 9km totales (ida y vuelta).
Caminata, trote, mascotas, bicicletas.
Área para descansar y convivir, tienda y amplio estacionamiento.

not for beginners

Great trail if you like it as a good 30 minute exercise. Took my 6 month Shepard and he was tired at the end! Trail is a bit confusing but I followed recordings of others and it worked out great! New favorite routine

love this trail! Quiet, not crowded at all. Good runnable trail for race prep!

For mountain biking is A hard way to go up But great for down hill It’s very technical lots of rocks

To get to the top and recommend going around the mountain from the Lakeside towards the antennas

Overall great trail

The lake was beautiful but it kinda sucked that you couldn’t go all the way around the lake, so you could get back to where you parked. You gotta go all the way back from where you came which was a “nice” little walk all the way back. Make sure you get back to your car by 8:00pm otherwise they might close the gates and lock your car in: all in all the scenery was awesome!!!!!

Beautiful, loved every step of this trail!!!!! Go just go!!!!!

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome hike very steep watch your step coming down so worth it !!!

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