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Well this is one of my favorite hikes in San Diego! The views were beautiful and it was like a walk in the park compared to Lawson peak ! Round trip took me about 2 1/2 hours!

it's not dog poop. there's a lot of coyote scat. but yes why do people brag the poop then this it. just toss the sh!# with no bag.

hiking
16 days ago

- PROS -
1. Some of the most beautiful panoramic views of surrounding San Diego.
2. Much less foot traffic than other popular nearby hikes (Mt. Woodson, Iron Mountain). I saw maybe 10 other people on a Sunday morning.
3. Great workout, with plenty of climbs. Definitely a solid Moderate.
4. Very nice ample free parking and bathrooms at the start
5. Well maintained trail, albeit small rocks here and there.

- CONS -
1. The section between Secondary Summit and Black Mountain Peak is CLOSED. I noticed this was mentioned back in Feb. 2017, and apparently it is still under restoration now in Sep. 2018. This makes it a bit of a pain to hike a loop. I went counter-clockwise, following the posted route. Once I got to Secondary Summit, it should just be ~0.4mi uphill to Black Mountain Peak...but it's closed. So I needed to backtrack to the short nighthawk trail connector, at which point it joins Miner's Ridge Loop. From there, I went up to Black Mountain Peak, and then followed Miner's Ridge Loop all the way down.
2. The entirety of Miner's Ridge Loop is a wide service road from the antennas at the top. This was fine, just be aware that it isn't quite as "natural".
3. Not much clear signage. However, I just used a GPS map on my phone whenever the trail split and didn't get lost. I had cell service and 4G during the entire hike.

Trail was nice. Easy one hour up and one hour down. Nice view at the top. 1/2 trail was affected by recent fire but still accessible. If anyone is planning on doing this hike, please bring a few trash bags. I picked up several bottles on the trail and 3 bags of trash at the trailhead. There was still plenty of trash left behind that I didn't have room for.

trail running
20 days ago

love this loop. it is completely exposed and can get super hot during summer months so pack lots and lots of water. then pack more. always go right at the junction if you're looking for more of a workout.

watch out for dog shit and bags of dog shit. people who frequent this trail do not know the rules of trail etiquette very well. lots of litter everywhere, so if you feel inclined to help the fallbrook land conservancy out a little bit, bring a bag with you to pack out some trash. leave it better than you found it!

hiking
23 days ago

Surprisingly good hike. Little rocky in spots. Amazing views from the hillside.

trail running
24 days ago

Jog/hiked the loop in 1 hour 18 min, good work out.

lovely go in December

This is one of my favorite hikes I do on a regular basis. Unfortunately the San Pasqual fire did hit about 80% of the route to the top. The bridge is gone and the tree has fallen in that area, but you can still hike with ease and enjoy the surrounding beauty. As you near the area to the chairs the trail has been bull dozed and becomes very wide and has some private property owners. Stay to the far left so you see chairs to your right and pop up that small dirt hill path cause the far back side is now also private property. All in all trails are clear, orange groves still a beautiful view with charred surroundings.

Better for trail running than hiking. I took my young two daughters so it was a good challenge for us. No shade until the oasis.

1 month ago

I love this trail. It’s very well maintained for being rated moderate. I was disappointed because I didn’t see any water at the oasis but the palms are beautiful there.

Easy to get to, didn’t see any rattlesnakes and the top is fun with the flags and a sunrise to start off your day.

Great workout if you take the loop counter clockwise. Hiked it in about 2 hours. Lots of dog poop though. Hazy day. Heavy traffic. Local favorite right off the highway.

trail running
1 month ago

Very nice trail for running. Some tough points due to elevation but overall it’s fun and safe. The oasis end point is absolutely gorgeous.

Good hike. Taking the advice of others I went right at the junction. Made it a much better hike. Would do it again anytime.

A lovely, short hike that offers some pretty views along the way and an oasis at the end.
Having started with the Ryan Mountain hike in the morning, we only got here at around noon and hiked out at about the same time that everyone else was coming back. As one would expect, it gets really hot in June (110+) but the hike isn't long and the oasis offers some shadow to rest in before heading back, making it doable even in summer. As always when hiking in a desert, just make sure that you carry a lot of water and wear a hat.

Good workout. Rocky most of Trail so watch your step. It was very hazy at early morning so no real vista view from top this trip.

very good hike. To make it hard and the full 4.2 miles go right on the fork in the road. This will have you going up the stairs instead of coming down them.

This is a very nice Trail. However your coordinates for the trailhead are wrong and your distance is wrong. The trailhead is farther east from the coordinates you list. Also the trail itself is closer to 6 Mi not 4. If you do the westfork as well as the East Fork. You will have 10 miles. There are beautiful views. I don't really understand the chairs at the top. I would rather just stand up on a natural rock.

On the easy side of moderate. Hiked this Memorial Day weekend. Great length for a warm day. Very cool to see the oasis pop up amongst all the rocks. Nice shady spot for a break before heading back to the car. Sad to see tons of people going beyond the sign that marks the sensitive biological area and tells people not to go beyond it. :(

One of my favorite local hikes. Good workout and beautiful flowers and views.

Great hike. Definitely on the difficult side of moderate. Lots of climbing. A great local hike. Good training hike for a bigger hike.

great 3 mile total hike. 2 hours, did it at about 8am to make sure we weren't overwhelmed with the heat. As mentioned by other users, entry is free and parking is readily available.

Great views and a good climb. Will be doing this hike again, bring water especially if hiking in the afternoon sun.

It was awesome the view is spectacular ! It’s cute with the two chairs up there, I got a slight sun burn on my face and neck lol so make sure to take a hat and sun screen and relax on the rocking chairs and enjoy the view ! Totally worth the hike up ! Bring water and plan on going early so you won’t catch the sun so bright!

Bring a few beers once you reach the top when sitting on those chairs. Great views overlooking a winery in the distance. Also saw a few hot air balloons as well. I believe I went on a late Sunday afternoon and had the chairs to myself for about a good hour. Definately worth it!

This was our first family hike and we absolutely loved it!! We live a few minutes away and now this will be one of our favorite hikes for sure. Edward (5) did increíble. Ashton (3) not too much but daddy was able to carry him they both very happy.

I got a little sunburned doing this hike! Not too much shade going up! But the chairs were super cool to sit on, had a very nice breeze at the top! My boyfriend saw a huge rattlesnake so be careful

Quiet trail didn’t see too many people, nice breeze at the top, hardest part is the first mile .overall super fun relatively easy

Good hike! Great views

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