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9 hours ago

It was a beautiful clear day. The trail was busy but very manageable. The views are excellent and we absolutely had no issues with the dogs.

$25 for state parks parking lots today.

Easy to get to and very well maintained trail. First half is a wide, uphill path with the second half being a stepper trail up stones. There is a long line to take a photo at the top though. Got up in about an hour really pushing the pace.

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bugs
muddy
off trail
2 days ago

Beautiful views and feels very relaxing,

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rocky
2 days ago

It rocks. I was told there was a Starbucks at the top but there wasn’t, so I’m extremely disappointed

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muddy
2 days ago

Went after a good rain. Falls had more water than what I had heard. Good hike for city limits!

It's not very shady and a pretty difficult hike when it's hot but of course worth it for the photo op! It gets very very busy so earlier better than later!

Liked how the trail was flat and had only a few small hills. loved how it allowed you to walk next to the stream time and time again and led to the waterfall. loved the hike :) but even though it was flat, it was long. be prepared to walk back the 3 mi to your car. we turned back at the waterfall. gates close at 5 and there is a $3 parking fee .

Not too difficult until the last half mile. It's a nice hike and doable with a dog. Pretty crowded though, but we didnt start as early as I would like.

Amazing hike to Potato Chip Rock, the wait wasn’t bad. People were very good about trading phones for pictures , if you took their picture , they would wait for your group to go out to the rock and take your picture. Some people complain about the wait, it’s not bad especially if you work as a team.

This would be a beautiful trail at sunrise/sunset. We went on MLK Day and it was insanely crowded. You are literally walking in a line of people like you're waiting for a ride at Disney all the way up to the top.

I love this trail, but man, was it packed with people and dogs this morning! There was some sort of wilderness course taking place as well. Few puddles from the recent rain, but nothing to derail you.

It took us around 3 hours but we had a slower dog in tow, so we moved somewhat slowly and stopped frequently.

hiking
4 days ago

This trail is an extension to Cowl’s Mountain. Tough hike due to the incline. Definitely a good workout!

Beautiful hike, gave it only 4 stars because there was a ~45 min wait to climb potato chip rock for a picture.

awesome views especially at the top will do it again after the rains stop in spring.

one of my favorite hikes. great workout.

hiking
9 days ago

We did this before sunset & it was really enjoyable from the top. It definitely can be busy, especially during the weekends, but it’s do-able. It was pretty easy. The incline wasn’t bad at all. Just watch footing for slippery rocks.

on Pyles Peak Trail

hiking
10 days ago

A pretty good workout hike

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10 days ago

A good hike but crowded

hiking
10 days ago

way to crowded! trail is ugly

hiking
13 days ago

My first San Diego area hike. It was tough on my legs, but the views were fabulous. Folks on the trail were friendly. It wasn’t crowded, but we went on a Wednesday late morning. Puddles towards the top in the shade were frozen, but there was plenty of sunshine most of the hike.

Love this hike. It's definitely a workout with a constant uphill path to the top, but the views are worth it. It's not too long either. The only negative is that it can get a bit crowded.

Bring lots of water. In summer, go early before it gets too hot.

Overcrowded. Overrated. And relatively boring most of the hike. A nice workout and a gorgeous wait in line at the top. This hike wouldn’t be so bad if not as many unprepared and rude people hiked it. Go extremely early if you want to enjoy yourself and the nature around you.

Too many people!

Good hard hike for a nice workout. Did this during summer so I Started at 6 am with my dog and ended at 9/10 am. Start and end with a walk near the lake. Potato chip was a little disappointing and you have to climb up on to get to but still a nice fun hike.

Try to go early in the morning. You’ll bit the sun and the line to take a photo at the famous potato chip rock.

Good hike for beginners.

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