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I loved it and so did my dog

I did this hike a week ago with my girlfriends and it is by far our favorite yet. There were no markings at the trailhead or anywhere along the trail. We just used previous hikers review and basically made it to the top following shoe prints from previous hikers.
We indefinitely used alot of upper body strength. Other than that the hike was not as difficult as others had mentioned.
The views were amazing starting from the pancake rock and from the cave..no wind at the top so we got pretty lucky and was able to enjoy our time up there. We will definitely come back again!

I hike Cowles my often. This is more intense b/c of steep slopes. 23mins up and 18 down. It is very light on ppl. Quiet and good views

trail running
8 days ago

If you’re a sucker for views, love a challenge but don’t have all day to hike or trail run, I highly suggest Kwaay Paay. I went at about 430pm on a Wednesday and passed two people on the way up, three at the summit and three on the way down. So I don’t know what you consider heavily trafficked but in my book, seven people in span of an hour / hour and a half is light... (However can be a much shorter hike if you don’t spend 30 minutes at the Summit taking pics and staring into the sunset.)
And again... the VIEWS!!! I must emphasize how insanely gorgeous and inspiring they are THE ENTIRE TIME. BUT— Whatever you do— don’t turn around before you get to the summit. You can see downtown and the Pacific Ocean!!!

just finished this bad boy or girl.. its was a challenge!

Classic San Diego canyon landscape with river rocks on a partly shaded trail. The far eastern part of the trail includes a steep sandstone portion with deep grooves. Not quite a sandstone slot canyon (at least not yet), but beautiful, unspoiled, and definitely unexpected. Minus one star for constant road noise from the 52 and for general proximity to the freeway. Climbing down the sandstone part of the trail, I felt almost awkwardly watched by drivers getting on the 805 south from the 52. But it is what it is; the freeways aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, and I hope the park isn’t either. Perfect for getting your nature fix without leaving the city.

This is a beautifully maintained park with a small visitor center. There is a $3 parking fee, and although posted hours begin at 9:30am, we pulled into the lot before 8am and self-paid.

The lower elevation loop is a nice, easy walk through various mini ecosystems. Traffic noise is a bit of a distraction. The summit trail is very steep for the last 0.25 miles. Wear good shoes and consider hiking poles. Great views from the top, and you leave the noise of cars behind.

On our early Saturday morning visit, we ran into exactly 2 other hikers, who were very friendly.

Trails are very clean. We saw evidence of coyotes and raccoons, and saw a rabbit, several song birds, and 2 different species of lizard.

hiking
12 days ago

Definitely a challenging hike. Especially in 105 degree weather. Really good workout

The trail has potential, but is very crowded and most do not observe trail etiquette (for example: amplified music, leaving trash on the summit, not picking up after dogs).

great trip! 40 mins up 30 mins down!

It is HARD the first part is somewhat easy but that last part is so steep watch your step coming down always worth it at the end good luck !

First time here. Really good trail!

walking
17 days ago

Accurately described. Lake with a bit of desert landscaping. All dogs were on leash. Some owners don’t scoop the poop. Overall nice trail.

trail running
19 days ago

Good for a day run

I hiked this Hollenbeck Canyon Wildlife Area trail in the early morning while it was still cool (August).

Trail is well established, but caution as other trails cross or intersect. Moderate use by hikers, equestrians and mountain bikers. Some trail sections have lots of rocks. I did use hiking poles because I hike at a fast pace. Lots of oak trees, olive trees, coastal sagebrush and buckwheat. Wildlife is plentiful. I saw three Red Tail hawks, a Downy woodpecker, other birds, rabbits (I posted rabbit photo that wasn’t too shy). The trail is by a creek, but no water in the summer months. I choose to hike the north side of the loop and come back through Hollenbeck Canyon. The sun in my eyes. Next time I would hike the Hollenbeck Canyon side of the loop first before the sun comes over the ridge.

Lots of parking at the trailhead, including a port-a-potty. You now have to hold California Department of Fish and wildlife (CDFW) Land Pass. Sign posted with website (https://wildlife.ca.gov/license/lands-pass), where you can purchase online or you can call (800) 565-1458 pay over the phone and get a temporary authorization number (TAN). Choices are; day use pass ($4.32) or an annual pass ($25.00) Note: Login online as a guest for day pass, but annual pass will require you to sign in as a member. However, if you already have a hunting, fishing or or trapping license, you do not need to pay. Each visitor must have their own pass and keep on their person, not placed in vehicle.

hiking
23 days ago

08/26/18 - started at tecolote nature center. there is plenty of parking. keep to the left once you see the first fork that seems to go towards the power line towers.. then its mostly walking on the side of the golfcourse fence.
i went further towards genesse ave snd there is a nice shaded wooded area... there are few places to loop back and hike back to the nature park entrance

on the way back i decided to take the total straight line "trail".. its not part of the hiking trail but i went for it anyway.
this is where the steep inclines and declines are but the view at the top of the 4 tower mountains is great and good workout, some scrambling required.

For mountain biking is A hard way to go up But great for down hill It’s very technical lots of rocks

To get to the top and recommend going around the mountain from the Lakeside towards the antennas

Overall great trail

Not much to look at on this hike until you get to the top. Great views of San Diego once you get there. Pretty good work out. Went on a week day and it wasn’t crowded at all.

on Viejas Mountain Trail

27 days ago

This was steep but worth the view.

steep, but good for the calves! pretty view!

This trail was freaking gorgeous loved every bit of it!!!!!! Definitely coming back to this one!!!!

Beautiful, loved every step of this trail!!!!! Go just go!!!!!

hiking
1 month ago

It is hard but a good workout. It took me about 3 hours round trip. I would suggest wearing hiking boots; the trail is very rocky. Good views.

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

Everything was great .!! Is a really good place to go w your friends and family .! Is really beautiful.!

Good hiking

walking
1 month ago

This trail was awesome!! Nice view almost all around, no shade however is worthy

Great trail for training. l less crowded than the main Trail.

hiking
1 month ago

I used the directions from the app and found a sign in the parking lot with a map. I wanted to do trail #12 and tried to follow the directions to the trail. I walked around the park for an hour before finding what might have been the trail but it was so secluded I didn’t feel safe going on it alone so I turned around and went to my usual walk in Encinitas. The park itself is nice with very nice tennis courts and several areas to relax and have a picnic. I just really wish there were better signs to show you where you are and where you’re headed.

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