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Start Early. Started at the trailhead just after sunrise and we had the trail to ourselves all the way up. Coming down we passed more than 20+ hikers. Great views from the top. Leave yourself an hour in your planning to explore at the trail crest.

hiking
7 days ago

I love this trail for training purposes. It is a very busy trail. The views at top are incredible. I’ve done this many times and will do many times more.

hiking
12 days ago

Nice short hike with some great views. There are a few breaks from the sun as you pass through some valleys, but there is a lot of exposure. Not a lot of traffic which is always nice.

hiking
12 days ago

Description here is good and other reviews sum it up nicely - definitely a nice day hike.

Great hike in August.

Fun Labor Day weekend hike. Good solid uphill for 3 miles but beautiful views from the top. A bit hot today for my preference.

Steady gentle incline a good hike for conditioning about 20-25* cooler than rancho mirage and low desert

No shade so make sure to go early in the morning or before sunset. For children can be hard, but fun if they like long distance walks. Make sure to bring water and some snack, no shade at all. Ones you reach the top the view is beautiful only one bench upthere, but there are some rock that you can sit.

hiking
18 days ago

Such a fun trail for all! Not too hard, not too easy! If it was a story book Goldilocks would love it! Corny but true! Great views! Pack a snack and enough water and you’ll be good!

What a great hike! I took 5 Oaks up and the road trail back down. I LOVED the views from 5 Oaks, and all the shade. I was super slow on the ascent because I was taking so many pics. It was very windy once I was about a mile from the summit - it felt great!! If you’re not hiking with dogs I would definitely recommend doing the 5 Oaks trail, at least on the way up (dogs aren’t allowed on the 5 Oaks trail). The other path was pretty steep and seemed to never end, but was fine for the descent. Some people I met while on their way up that trail were pretty winded. I would definitely do this one again.

Nice and more shade then you would expect.

beautiful, not too challenging, and quiet. we may have to go back with bicycles too.

This one can be difficult during the day in summer months due to heat and lack of shade. Bring plenty of sunscreen and water. The views toward and at the top are amazing. Definitely worth it. Watch out for snakes. We saw 2 once dusk approached.

Awesome hike and amazing views at the top. It was out first time hiking and we would definitely recommend stopping at the ranger station for a map. During the hike, once you get to the fire road, turn right. Then, the sign for Conejos trail is a bit hidden and will be on your left after 10 min or so. Bring plenty of water; 2 of us brought 80 ounces and it was just enough.

A moderate, beautiful scenic hike. Lots of shade. Amazing views of mountains.

This hike was nice! We went up Big Laguna Trail and down Sunset Trail. I would’ve been easier had we went up Sunset Trail & down to Big Laguna Trail. Luckily we didn’t encounter any snakes but I know there are some around the area. View on Sunset Trail is beautiful and the meadow on Big Laguna Trail is also beautiful. I’d do this trail again. We went on a Sunday around noon and saw quite a few bikers and hikers.

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.

This hike was okay. The views from the peak were nice but the trail itself wasn't very pretty. Lots of overgrowth. Steady climb the whole way, nothing very steep and few flat parts. Thought we would escape the heat but it wasn't the case. Very little shade but nice breeze towards the top. Not a hike we would do again and again.

Went today and we were the only people there. relatively short for what we normally do. there's some pretty steep parts but they are short. every part of the trail is angled so make sure you're stepping properly. this was the first open trail that we have ever done and without the visual of boulders, the hills seem pretty intimidating. lots of animal poop everywhere. no shade. saw 1 cow and a fox. that was cool. lots of beautiful birds whole hike had "little house on the prairie" vibe. best part, no snakes!

1 month ago

it was a lot of fun, but not a year round trail. I'd definitely avoid this place in the summer. the description saying it's shaded and cool is inaccurate; most of the trail,even inside the canyon, is in the full brunt of the sun.

The trail starts out on sandstone hills, then declines gradually into the slot canyon. once inside, the trail is extremely narrow. I could barely fit through with my day pack on. my husband wouldn't be able to fit through most of the trail as he's a big guy, and I was scraping my legs and arms on the walls as I passed.

Fortunately, the views inside the canyon make it totally worth it. It was even worth the heat! Would be a beautiful hike in the winter or spring, when the sun isn't so hot.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice little climb, did get very hot towards the end of the morning plus very crowded.

hiking
1 month ago

A nice workout. It could get very hot by 12noon. Start early. Nice views at the top!!!

One of my favorites! If you go right after the last snowfall you manage to see two seasons. Beautiful!

mountain biking
1 month ago

Amazing. Couldn't believe it but I saw a bald eagle near the edge of the lake then it flew away.

hiking
1 month ago

absolutely beautiful to hike for sunrise. no shade so earlier morning hikes are best in warm months. and youll beat the giant crowds.

hiking
1 month ago

Attempted to hike this midday during the heat, but due to the temperature and lack of shade on the trail we ended up detouring to Ramona Overlook and then back to the parking lot. Make sure to bring lots of water and sunscreen/hat - for the two of us we had about 5L of water and consumed most of it on our 4+ miles. Once you leave the small area of trees by the parking lot there is essentially no shaded areas on this trail. The views are beautiful! Would definitely do this trail again either earlier in the day or on a cooler day. There are non-flush toilets in the parking lot.

hiking
2 months ago

Go early in the morning if you can to avoid the high heat. It is a fairly easy hike. The areas through the slot are not very big. Bring lots of water and sunscreen. 4WD is not required to get to the trailhead parking lot, but not sure I would recommend going with a low ground clearance car.

hiking
2 months ago

Just did Suicide Rock on Sunday (07/15/2018). Definitely a very hilly type climb right from the start of the trail. The trail is not well marked when you park. If you look for the sign that says, "Dear Head Trail" and park directly across from the sign, the trail is directly in front of the parking lot. You will need an Adventure Pass which can be purchased at the Pine Cove market about 2 minutes from the trail. I noticed a lot of people don't purchase a pass. This money helps go towards the preservation of these trails. Make sure you bring ample water. I went through six of the 16oz bottles. Some people didn't even bring water. (Crazy). It was well worth it to me once I reached the top. They also have rock climbers in the morning. So cool to watch....

Good hike, great views from the summit. Quite a few rabbits, and LOTS of hummingbirds!

this is now one of my favorite trails! it was spacious, not so narrow. it was nice and cool when we went at 6 am, and the top was a really neat view. I also hiked devils junction and this one seemed a little easier. we made great timing. we did see a baby rattle snake coiled up against a stepping rock on this trail so be aware and have a great hike.

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