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No water at the falls but still a great hike, definitely a work out though once you get to the rocks. I've been here before when there is water and it is amazing, will be coming back but probably after some rain.

I remember this hike from earlier this year. I'd say it's more of a hike than a running trail..

One of my favorites!

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.

It’s pretty good trail. Mixed of bikers and hikers. After about 1.5 miles you’ll see a probably abandoned house and that’s when the uphill starts. It’s a route en zigzag with one side is mountainous the other face the windy open view. I quite like it. I went about 80% to the end and went back, reached 5.5 miles for 2.5 hours on an August Thursday. No warning signs for rattlesnakes. The only perk is that no service for my phone.

Really good hiking place and beautiful scenery

Definitely enjoyed this hike. There are many trails that are not well marked and it can be confusing at points. I must be directionally challenged because I took a wrong turn and added an extra 1.5 miles to my hike. Coolest part is the stair climb.

hiking
28 days 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.

No water at the waterfall but still a good hike! Very rocky, not meant to climb alone. Bring water! There’s no service on the trail.

If your going just to see the waterfall be warned there is no water right now.

Great hike. First 2.5 miles is along a dirt road with little to no shade. Not overwhelmingly exciting. When you get to around 3 miles in, the fun starts. Its hiking through thickish bush and concluding with a bit of light climbing uphill. In August the waterfall is more of a rockface, but it's a cool little area to relax nonetheless. I'd definitely do this one again

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

fun and challenging ascent. gets really hot with minimal shade so pack plenty of water

It is good, less people on the Pyle trail

it was a fun hike but there were a lot of yellow jackets

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

hiking
1 month ago

To get to this trail hard you have to walk 2.5 miles down a fire road. It is flat and easy. Once hitting the trail head it is a 1 mike hike up to the falls. Mostly light bouldering. This is where it earns its rating.

great hike, shaded most of the time, beginning isn't as shaded. wear good hiking shoes lots of rocks. It definitely is a better hike when water is running but still a good workout.

Hiked to the Old Indian Village. A fun hike!

Coming down is harder than getting to the top. Recommend completing north, saddle and south in one shot.

1 month ago

Not long, but very rocky. Well w o rth it.

Finished it on a not so hot day. 2/5 five peaks challenge finished

Once you get into the creek, the hike is more challenging and much more interesting. The climb back into the falls is the toughest and most satisfying part! This hike isn't the easiest, so make sure you're ready for it, and take lots of water with you.

Love this trail

Overall I enjoyed this trail and would do it again. I did this trail in the summer so there was no waterfall at the end but the place where it would be is still pretty cool. The trail is easy for most of the path and gets moderate towards the end. You follow along a paved/dirt road for probably 2 miles and then you find the trail head. From there you follow along a riverbed for about a mile and a half. The last 1/2 mile of trail is alot of bouldering with quite a bit of incline.

Bring lots of water, I brought 2 liters and ran out about a mile from the parking area.

hiking
2 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

Love this trail but gotta go after a heavy rain to see the waterfall in all its glory...and it’s a long hike take plenty of water and good comfortable shoes a lot of climbing over rocks

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