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Very enjoyable hike. Wildflowers, butterflies, interesting bugs. Absolutely no one else on the trail on a weekday afternoon, so nice and isolated feeling. I wanted to stay and enjoy the incredible 360° view from the very top, but it was so incredibly windy, I thought I would be blown off the side of the mountain. Gorgeous.

This was a fun hike. Extremely difficult. keep hydrated and bring sunblock especially if you're doing it in April. make sure you have the right hiking shoes or boots and always keep hydrated

hiking
21 days ago

This is by far probably one of my favorite hikes! The view from the peak is just spectacular! We hiked it later in the day in the heat so we had the trail and peak to ourselves. There is little to no shade on this trail so if you plan on hiking during the warmer months be sure to bring lots of water, sunscreen, a hat, and clothing to help shield you from the sun. It is a fairly short trail and the elevation gain is minimal making this an easy trail. The trail intersects with the PCT about 0.6 miles in so you can add more mileage to your hike if you choose. There are no bathrooms near the trailhead, but the visitor center isn't too far down the road. Saw lots of lizards, butterflies, dragonflies, and birds - did not see any snakes but I'm sure there were some around given the terrain.

hiking
1 month ago

The trailhead can be easily missed from the road. If you look for mile marker 2.5 you’ll find the trailhead. It’s blocked off with chains but you can walk around to access the trail. It’s an incline all the way to the top. There’s a lot of rocks and chasms from the rain. I would definitely do this one again just for the workout you get going up.

hiking
1 month ago

i love the laguna area. especially this pct stretch up there. no where else in the county you can get the full appreciation of forested green mountain tops, with sweeping panoramic views tailing into the desert. go during a high pressure system because you can see clear across the salton sea to the chocolate mountains east of he city of pope. bring water and food, shelter too because you may not want to come down from there.

Great hike! Moderate difficulty, well-maintained path and lovely views from the top.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome hike. Took my kite with me to fly at the peak. Beautiful location. No shade so hat is recommended.

on Eagle Peak Trail

1 month ago

Love it

Beautiful views!

hiking
2 months ago

We took about an hour hiking up and what a view!! Well worth the walk. It was a bit rocky once the grade began, but nothing onerous. Take plenty of water!

hiking
2 months ago

Even with GPS it’s easy to drive right past the entry point for this trail. It’s an old access road that is now chained off with a sign on the chains that tells you this is an ecological preserve. My wife, my 16 year old son, and myself are all beginners, but we found the trail took only a little more than an hour to reach the peak. Not another soul in sight, but a nice panoramic view when you finish the climb.

on Oakzanita Peak Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Overall the trail was nice and just about moderate.
However, today (May 28 2018) there were millions of bugs around. Great views from the peak!
Took me about 2 hours out & back.

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked Tecate Peak on May 13, 2018. About 2.5 hours to the peak, and 1.5 hours back down for a total of 12 miles. In 4 hours saw 2 mountain bikers, 1 hiker, 1 border patrol on ATV, pretty isolated. Hike up to the peak is an unpaved road. Beautiful views from the top, lots of wildflowers and gorgeous rock outcrops along the trail. After speaking with border patrol I would advise driving farther west than All Trails and Jerry Schad recommend, border patrol would prefer if you didn't park near the border fence, and after about a mile the dirt road turns north away from the fence. Long, but pleasant hike.

hiking
3 months ago

Took advantage of great cloudy and misty day to do three sisters so, why not tackle this one. No one on the trail compared to three sisters. Pretty easy hike. A little over grown. The views a cool on top.

hiking
3 months ago

I stumbled upon this trail by accident and am glad I did. The view at the top is incredible and the trail itself is very quiet. It’s windy at the top so bring a lightweight jacket.

hiking
3 months ago

Pretty walk. Great views. Enjoyed a lot.

Great trail. Maybe I missed something but we clocked 8.5 on gps. Was a real nice hike with good elevation gain.

3/25/2018

An awesome ridge ascent from Shoemaker Canyon Rd. Sections of climb really get the heart pumping. There’s a section that stares you down the entire way, but don’t let it get to you. Used Rattlesnake to train for Big Iron. This is definitely a do over!

4 months ago

Not much traffic and wonderful views

hiking
4 months ago

Parking right by the trailhead. Only saw two humans the entire time. Did the hike round trip in 2:40 at a leisurely pace with a few rests. Sick view at the top.

This is a nice hike- but beware of ticks right now. Nice views while on the trail but the best is on the top

4/8/18 hiked this trail. The terrain was very dry which made it slippery. awesome climb up the weather was very warm but the views were worth the burns. We actually saw a rattlesnake today.

hiking
4 months ago

absolutely stunning hike!! didn’t pass a single person on the trail. very very rocky. don’t take dog unless they can climb up some smaller rocks and have tough pads. view at the top is incredible make sure u go up as far as u can go!

Good little hike close to home (I'm in Descanso). We Started at the East Mesa Fire Rd which intersects the South Descanso Creek Trail and continued to the North Descanso Creek Trail. Everything is nice and green right now, there is even some water flowing through the creek, which will probably be dry in a few weeks. Its a nice gradual climb to the peak with a few switchbacks along the way. The trail is well established and it would take a lot of work to get lost, but bring a map and compass just in case. There are plenty of other trails in the area that you can use to make this a much longer hike. Great views from the top, you can see Stonewall Peak, Cuyamaca Peak and even my house (with binoculars).

5 months ago

Good trail. Nice and quiet.

trail running
5 months ago

Fun hike and easy

Did it at sunrise and completely worth it, even with sub 20F temperatures. A great hike and beautiful view!

hiking
5 months ago

Quiet hike. At the peak you can see every surrounding mountain from Mount McGinty, Lawson, Gaskill, El Cajon... amazing views! Good alternative to Cowels Mountain!

hiking
5 months ago

As mentioned before, this is definitely not a hike for beginners. The trailhead is not marked and is very difficult to find. I walked about 1 1/2 miles on the fire road to the first tunnel (too far) and turned around. After finding the unmarked trailhead (around a 3.39 near the white & red mile marker), I started my ascent. At times throughout the entire hike, the trail is difficult to navigate due to overgrown brush, occasional Yuccas and various plantlife. There are a lot of steep sections and several hills to conquer before summiting. It's a mini Iron Mountain-type hike. There are a couple of false summits as well.

As mentioned by other posters, bring plenty of water, wear long pants, sunscreen, sunglasses, and hiking poles. I would wait for a cool day to do this hike also because the majority of this hike is exposed to full sun.

I noticed several colorful rocks and hundreds of lizards. In fact, I would re-namke this mountain "Lizard Mountain." Thankfully, no rattlesnakes were seen. I did see a marmot-type animal on one of the rocky hill summits.

It took me 3 hrs & 45 minutes to the summit and 6 1/2 hours round trip. There were seven additional people (3 small groups) who summited as well.

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