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I thoroughly enjoyed this hike. I didn’t realize any challenge because I was far too busy enjoying the beautiful views, streams and weather. It was very quiet and provided an amazing peaceful hike I would definitely recommend this trail .

Nice short steep hike up - it's doable! Great trail run down taking alternate route. Some areas not well groomed but doable. Easy trail to follow. Tip: if you come across trees (2) to climb over or go around than you are going the right way!

This is a pretty quick hike but it can be steep in spots which is great for me since I'm an experienced hiker. The view from the top is amazing.

hiking
4 days ago

Looks as though this hike will have a few new views soon. Sign posted for new community, Near the dead end gate area. This is a fun hike though and we have added to this hike in the past to make it even longer. Always nice to get away from the hustle and bustle.

first time hiking this trail. its relatively a short hike but has steep inclines towards the summit. easy to find parking and the trail is dog friendly. not a lot of shade and the summit can get a little crowded but overall great views at the top! not very crowded either. i ran into maybe 30 people the whole time on a saturday morning.

Fantastic views. Moderately challenging depending on the level of sun and heat you're encountering. Bring more water than you need and do the hike clockwise so that the heavy incline (on the S.Fortuna side), is actually a decline.

Great Hike! Lots of other hikers! Some parts are a little tough and steep, but rewarding view at top make it worth the pain. Not a lot shade, cover up or have sun screen.

I wouldn't reccomend the north trail for mt biking unless you like hike !bike

Beautiful hike and breath taking views at the top! Plus, a great workout.

hiking
14 days ago

I take the shortcut trail going up on the right (west) side, after the housing area and the large water tank. This hike is only about three miles, but is great for getting the legs, heart and lungs pumping because of steep incline.

on Lake Calavera

16 days ago

Good workout

hiking
21 days ago

Great trail! Lots of steep ups and downs. Foggy morning, so I'll have to come do it again to see the views.

hiking
21 days ago

Proper challenge for beginners :)

hiking
23 days ago

I really liked this hike. Short, but steep! And fun! I wasn't expecting it to be so steep for so long. I couldn't hear any civilization, only birds. I felt like I was in the middle of nowhere. Just look beyond the subdivision (which is hidden by hills most of the time) and gaze at the ocean in the distance. It was just challenging enough, serene, and pretty. I went up the north side, and down the south. I met someone who hikes there every day, and he said that was the harder route to go. Both seems comparable, though.

Good workout, lots of up and down. We went counterclockwise and hit the stairs going up. The trails are marked with changing names. Hard to get lost, but easy to make a wrong turn. Great view from both peaks.

hiking
26 days ago

This was a great hike. Not too easy, not too hard....just right :-).
A great hike for beginners or intermediate hikers.
This is a great workout hike and could easily be done several times a week.

hiking
26 days ago

This was a great hike. Not too easy, not too hard....just right :-).
A great hike for beginners or intermediate hikers.
This is a great workout hike and could easily be done several times a week.

hiking
26 days ago

Pretty good hike. I try to stay off the pave paths. GPS definitely helps when you want to stay off the main path. Not much of a lake- I would say pond for now. Great view up on the peak. Cool small bridge to walk on.

trail running
29 days ago

Good mid range trail, but for a beginner trail runner, like myself, it is a doozy, especially for first 2+ miles. Be ready for a workout. My only gripe is the trail is poorly marked later in the loop as there are many junctions and I spent a lot of time guessing wrong. I would go to my AllTrail app but it was having it's issues (or at least my GPS was.)

hiking
1 month ago

I have hike this trail many times it’s always a pleasure. Very peaceful and every so often you’ll see some wildlife. Mission Trails Park is beautiful.

1 month ago

I have hiked this trail a few times. It is so close to where many of us live and very accessible.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice steep but smooth hike! Great 360 degree view from the top! Started the hike around 0800 and it was perfect out.

first hike of our season. It's a burner. I'm way out of shape and this trail prove it. It's great in the am hours.

hiking
1 month ago

Favorite hike of all trails in Mission trails, short not too busy and will kick your butt with the steep area.

Views on the peak were nice but nothing too special. First couple of miles we could still see and hear the highway. Last third of the hike was very steep and strenuous. Good exercise.

I loved the first part of this trail. Lots of pretty old oak trees and some fun, easy scrambling opportunities, especially at the peaks. After the peaks, however, the trail turned into an obnoxious dirt service road with steep ups and downs. At times it ran near the freeway and under humming power lines. I would suggest taking a right when the trail forks and looping around to the left. That way you can get the ugly parts out of the way first, and take the steepest parts going uphill (rather than sliding down them on your bum...)

Starts out easy but it’s definitely a challenge towards the top. Great variety of difficulty, nice variety of scenery and some nice shaded areas.

love this place, pretty good with a weight vest too.

hiking
1 month ago

This was a moderately steep, rocky trail through scrub and bushes. It was full sun, so bring water and hats. You are always aware that you are near an urban area, traffic noise and farm equipment could be heard. Very few people were out on the trail, and we saw a variety of birds and evidence of coyotes. It is a typical San Diego county urban hike!

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