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It is hard but a good workout. It took me about 3 hours round trip. I would suggest wearing hiking boots; the trail is very rocky. Good views.

Perhaps my favorite hike in San Diego. Challenging, especially the steep grade of the service road, and great views from the summit. Grab a map from the ranger if you’re not very familiar with this area, I had a little trouble finding my way around the loop to the summit the first time I did this hike.

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

It’s an okay hike. There are a lot of side trails and none of the trails are marked, so bring your phone with this app unless you’re looking to wander about or you have an excellent sense of direction. Although you can see for quite a ways, you’re really only going to be able to see subdivisions. If you live close by, check it out, but don’t drive far for this one.

Definitely not a summer afternoon hike. VERY hot with very little shade. I took 4L and it was barely enough. Great hike otherwise. The best part was the rock formations towards the end, so push through to the peak and you’ll be rewarded.

on Shepherd Canyon

1 month ago

Park at Chinese community church and head down the trail.

First 10-15 minutes are difficult but well worth it

Go early it gets hot. Such a butt kicker love this hike. It is very easy to follow trail. You just have to be aware of switchbacks. When you see a pretty view in a flat area with tree shade... turn around and you will see where the trail goes. If you keep going straight you will end up towards someone’s back yard. I’ll try to put a ribbon or something up somewhere next time I go. The other time the trail forks (without an arrow sign) right is easier and left is prettier. Then it meets up before the real workout

Beautiful trail, recommend following the guidance here up Azalea to the right then down the paved road on the way back (not fun for the feet though).

Note: the entrance to Conejos is very difficult to spot, the trail sign is hidden if you’re travelling from Azalea. Also, bring lots of water and sunscreen. Park patches, cool gifts, and wildlife display at Cuyamaca Rancho visitor’s center before you get to the campground- worth a stop Sat and Sun 1000 to 1600. Recommended soundtrack for the drive: Tin Hat Trio: The Rodeo Eroded.

hiking
1 month ago

I really enjoyed this hike mostly for all of its historical content. The flume is so cool! Trail is accurately labeled moderate and just enough challenge to keep me interested

Nice trail for skill levels. Pretty green and pleasant. Trail could be marked better.

Beautiful views!

on Eagle Peak Trail

1 month ago

Love it

This was definitely a moderate hike. challenging towards the end but the view was really nice and worth the hike. only passed 3 people the whole way. if you like solitude there are a lot of options at the top for where you can plant yourself and sit for a few.

Nice hike. That first mile or so is definitely rough but well worth it. The Equine Incline loop is nice and quiet and likely a brand new hike if you do the loop in reverse. Great parking as well at the trailhead.

The water at the end of the trail was all dried up which as big bummer. Also- while the trail is easy down along the river, I would say it is more moderate to difficult, especially with young children, because it’s straight down and straight back up out of the valley.

The trail is nice enough but there is dog crap all over the trails and I would guess off trail too. I was there first week June 2018 and was lucky to see a mature and healthy looking bobcat!!

We were very disappointed that there wasn’t any water in the canyon. The hike, albeit short, was very steep for about half a mile and our older Labrador had a tough time getting back up. Only ran into a couple other people all afternoon. If there were water, this hike would be great!

hiking
2 months ago

Can’t believe I’ve never heard of this hike it’s stunning the trail it’s self not worn down and full of nature and the views are amazing I caught a stellar sun set on my way down didn’t even see another person on the trail. Loved it.

One of my favorites. My favorite in chula vista

Breath taking trail. The trail has a very sad slow rate of forest regeneration, which prompted a reforestation project to replant using donations. It breaks my heart when I saw such magnificent pines burnt to the core. Quick history: The fire took place in 2003, when a lost hunter lit a signal fire hoping to be found. That signal burned out of control and became the biggest wildfire in California's history, burning more than 300,000 acres, killed 15 people and burned 2400 homes.

Great trail I love it

birding
2 months ago

Very easy trail, plenty of afar so the vegetation is happy and green. There are always lots of other people and bikers, but the trail is so wide it’s easy to share.

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.

trail running
2 months ago

Nice quick and quiet trail. No real scenic spots but the overall vibe is a great little marsh like area with tons of birds and a nice little pond. Very well managed. People care about this trail

Beautiful trail. Ran into a rattlesnake along the trail overlooking the canyon...I stepped towards a big rock with a flat surface with the intention of placing my backpack on it when I heard a loud hiss and looked down to see a rattlesnake, partially covered in shadow, nestled in between the big flat-top rocks and smaller rocks. Stay alert!

hiking
2 months ago

Terrible hike. The part of the "trail" that goes along Jamul Drive is on the shoulder without a sidewalk, it's unsafe. Do not do this hike. Instead, you can do out-and-back from the trailhead dirt lot to the old house, all of which is relatively well marked and safe.

hiking
2 months ago

Big fan of this one! It’s challenging and beautiful. The views are amazing. The trail is easy to follow, and it wasn’t too crowded I went on Memorial Day (saw like 5 people). Small convenient parking lot, reminds me of Cowles just.. better

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