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This was a nice trail to take my niece up, I believe she was 8 at the time. It was great that it was located straight across from our campground. Nice view from the top. Definitely worth checking out if you're in the area.

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

trail running
1 day ago

Great heart pumper to get your day going. Up and down in 38 minutes jogging/hiking. Trail running shoes help a lot with the rocky terrain. Dogs loved it! Only met 3 other people on a Friday morning. Pretty good for Mission trails which is always busy.

This trail was so steep! It was very hard, but the climb was worth the view!

hiking
1 day ago

Due to time constraints didn’t get to the top/fun Boulder portion of it, but we will. The trail itself is kick butt. Straight up hill the whole time. Loved it! Nice scenery too. The trail begins at a gate that is closed to vehicles and it looks like it says private property but it’s clearly not. Once you climb over that little fence, foot prints and dogs foot prints galore!

trail running
2 days ago

It’s steeper than the other peaks in Mission Regional, but with a good pace, can use it as running trail for a real good work out

I underestimated how cold it was going to be. I would bring crampons if you have them.

hiking
5 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.

hiking
5 days ago

Love this short yet Steep hike. Beautiful views.

on Pyles Peak Trail

hiking
6 days ago

A pretty good workout hike

hiking
6 days ago

A good hike but crowded

Stop in the visitor center and ask the volunteers to play the Ghost Mountain 15 minute movie before you head up. It gave us a different perspective after doing that.
Beautiful views and well marked trail in this protected area.

on McGinty Mountain Trail

nature trips
6 days ago

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

Great hike with breathtaking views! A lot of bouldering and narrow paths to get to the peak.

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

1st time hiking Kwaay Paay. Intense quick hike. Very steep. I surely had fun. Loved the stairs. I'll definitely do this more often. I usually hike Cowles mtn... love it, but it's always crowded unlike Kwaay. Saw only 7 people during my afternoon hike.

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!

way to crowded! trail is ugly

This trail is definitely no joke. I completed it yesterday by myself. You definitely want 3 or more liters of water and plenty of snacks, drink water before you arrive not coffee like me.. My phone tracked 12.7 miles in and out(I explored a bit at the top adding about .5 miles) it’s not the distance that was difficult for me, but rather the ups and downs on the way back my knees weren’t conditioned for as I haven’t hiked since about 6 months ago up At Yosemite. I completed it in jeans and tennis shoes and small back pack starting with a sweatshirt. A few areas on the way down I was wondering how some hiking boots would have helped soften the blow.

I arrived at 7:30 am and luckily they were opening the parking lot because the sign says 8am to 5pm. It was in the 70s during most of the hike, perfect weather. I can’t imagine doing this hike in the summer, you couldn’t bring enough water. I got back to my vehicle at about 1:10pm after spending maybe a half hour or so at the summit. On the way down I had to stop several times as my knees were cramping up. I didn’t experience any wild animals, just a few passing hikers on the way back down.

I highly recommend for the view and the challenge. Will be doing again in the future.

great quick intense hike. part of the trails are narrow so be aware if you have your pup with you.

hiking
9 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.

I’m nearly 65 years old and did this hike at a slow and steady pace with poles. Definitely doable if you hike regularly on hills and have good strong legs. I didn’t find it too bad...I was surprised. If you’re not use to hiking steep hills over long distances this hike will kick your butt at any age. The view at the top is the best...well worth it.

Very beautiful view once you reach the summit ! Get up there early and earn the sunrise!

Great short climb hike up, 1.2 miles, and fun trail run down. Did this hike after hiking Cowles Mtn. Not too many people during week midday.

Beautiful trail! Great workout on a brisk morning! My second Cuyamaca hike since starting this “hiking addiction “ This one was fun due to recent element of snow and much colder weather! Very few signs of snow left but the illusion of “mud” or “running water” along the trail kept me amazed! I would step on it and was expecting to slip or slide but the ground was solid! Thankful we went during the chilly temps because before long it would no longer be an illusion!! FYI. 4 mile round trip! And I would classify as “moderate” compared to other peaks I have recently done!

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.

hiking
11 days ago

hiking
12 days ago

This was a great hike. I’d definitely do it again. Got a bit lost climbing over the boulders but finally found the trail! Beautiful views and you definitely need to climb the rope to the cave.

Good hike for beginners.

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