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hiking
2 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.

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.

hiking
no shade
rocky
washed out
1 day ago

Love this trail !

hiking
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

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!

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.

hiking
no shade
3 days ago

There’s a lot of misinformation on trail distance in the reviews. The trail is longer than described but not 14-15 miles. I hiked El Cajon Mtn today (second time) and my GPS read 11.8 miles round trip, which is consistent with my last trip up. Also, the total vertical gain is about 3,800 feet due to the trail dropping then gaining again and again. I’m a fan of this mighty little SoCal mountain due to its close proximity to SD and the ability it gives to train for its bigger brothers, or sisters, that lie north in the San Bernadinos and Sierras... minus the effects of altitude.

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.

great workout at a fast pace. great walk with family and friends.

hiking
3 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.

a good exercise hike not so much for adventure due to it being paved the whole way up but overall a good workout! and great views

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

Beautiful trail! Make sure you go all the way up to the lake-it’s definitely worth it, but watch out for horse crap! There’s plenty of it lol

Really enjoyed this trail. The actual “potato chip” was cool to see but surrounded by a ton of people. The trail in itself is I think the actual draw as it had great views and a nice amount of incline. Couldn’t find any bathrooms here but there are facilities four minutes up the road at the Iron Mt trailhead.

Great little hike!

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.

Great hike, beautiful views on the way up and down. Get ready for some steep up and downs the whole way. Took 5 hours round trip, 2:45 up, 2:15 down. 2 liters of water was plenty. Would be brutal during summer, highly recommend during winter months. Peak has nice rocks to have lunch at.

on Pyles Peak Trail

hiking
10 days ago

A pretty good workout hike

hiking
10 days ago

A good hike but crowded

hiking
10 days ago

Did this hike on Sunday, January 13th 2019.

I’ll first start off by mentioning that you should pay no attention to those who say “you’re not really making the effort if you don’t hike the long way”. I’m calling all you out.
This was a good SOLID leg burning, heart pumping hike. This said after hiking down and back up out of Havasupai. Hats off to those I saw jogging it. Going to use this route to prepare for Whitney amongst others.
Do your research here. 1200’ over 2 miles = don’t be silly and try to take your kids up it after church on Sunday unless you know they can do it.

Great views await you at the top, from the Coronado Islands, Downtown, Cowles Mountain and up to Oceanside/Camp Pendleton even with the cackle of folks waiting, posing and trying to get that perfect photo on the “chip”. Would love to come up here to see some of those late summer sunsets.

If you are looking for a quiet, relaxing, back to nature hike, THIS IS NOT THE ONE. Go somewhere else to enjoy yourself and if you do decide to hike here and are looking for that, then don’t complain.

Dog owners: pick up your damn dog $h!t and haul it down with you. No one is going to do it for you, and as the signs say, there is no “poop fairy”. I was completely taken back by the lack of respect and endless baggies of crap tossed and conveniently placed for “pickup”. Respect the spot and the outdoors, or you might end up on the wrong side of a flying turd. Karma’s got her eye on you.

on McGinty Mountain Trail

nature trips
10 days ago

Good nature walk that keeps steep fast but a great view from the top. Crowded at beginning but empty by the end.

Sweet hike! The view at the end is awesome and is not crowded at all.

Perfect weather for a hike today! Glad we did it probably won’t do it again. It was on our list and happy we can cross it off. We clocked “round trip” 15 miles from parking lot to summit. Highly recommend bringing your hiking poles, softened the highs and lows of the trial. Went on forever! It was a nice hike and we had optimal weather beautiful cloud coverage with a cool breeze. Nice view, in my opinion not that great of a reward for the work you put into it. Now that was a HIKE! My toes are killing me! Glad I did it... NEXT!

It’s ok but not that great hard to find which way to go trail everywhere no sign where does star we when around trying to find the flag .

way to crowded! trail is ugly

Loved this. Fun, challenging trail with nice views along and from the top. Slid a few times, watch the loose rock!

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