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Never again, this hike is too dangerous.

hiking
19 hours ago

Did this hike yesterday was my first time did the big loop trail 6 miles. Just as we were leaving the fog rolled in and covered the entire valley so awesome to experience with the kids. Will definitely go back there with the mountain bike.

Really beautiful beach

easy and beautiful overlooking the ocean. some climbing good shoes suggested

7 days ago

My go to for getting away from all the crazies in the city

We went up the hill first and walked through many of the offshoot trails before going back down along the beach. Great trail. Loved it.

hiking
12 days ago

I have done the hike several times. It is a great hike. Full spectrum of high and low desert ecosystems (evergreens, foliage, lakes, plains, desert, etc.). Feels like a little slice of Colorado in San Diego.

Imagine pioneering it without all trails

Very easy trail with many different branching paths. I feel like there’s always something new to explore!

Beautiful and easy trail.

Did this hike in late September, 2018. The weather was very cooperative with mostly cloudy skies. I’ve been hiking with a full pack for training and decided to camp in a boulder field at about 6000 feet elevation on the PCT section. There are several small tent sites just below the peak as well as a couple on top. I left my rain fly off and dozed off to the stary skies. Even though it was a Saturday I saw only one group of about 4 or five walk through that evening. What a great experience! After a short 3 mile down grade hike back to my car I enjoyed a great breakfast at the Blue Jay cafe before heading home.

Loved it. Amazing scenery and views over many of the California mountain ranges. Steep towards the end but doable. Unfortunately no resting area at the peak (we had lunch sitting on the trail). Views just breathtaking !

More a long stroll than a hike but nonetheless beautiful and worth it. Great views. Nice trails. Many options. Great return over the beach. Free parking street side (don’t spend $15 for the parking lot)

Super easy! But bring lots of water because there’s little to no shade on the trail! You can park at hw basin and walk up the hill to the trails and then walk the beach back to your car or you can drive up to the trail head and hike down and back up. I prefer the beach loop!

To Leslie Perez

Hey Leslie, we're planning to hike the south side of el cajon this Sunday October the 14th, we are about 6 hikers (mostly young women), let me know if you want to join us

Great trail. Lots of other trail options while you’re out there. Can easily stretch this hike into 4-miles. Plenty of places to take pictures. Finishing on the beach back to the parking lot is awesome!

Ok, this is a no-joke trail! There are ups and downs the entire time - most hikes you get to the top and it's all downhill on the way home - NOT this one! It is especially a hard one if it's hot like it was today. Bring more water than you think you'll need. The signage here is GREAT! you cannot get lost - especially at the top where they were every few feet leading you to the VERY top. Awesome views!

I really enjoyed this trail and the views are soectacular!

Love this trail! Very hard try and go super early because it gets hot. One of the things I Noticed is that couple times I saw glass by where the parking is. The last time I was there they broke my rear window just to steal my backpack with nothing of value.
Shady people , just be careful

Breathtaking views.

Simple to hike. If you go clockwise you will ascend up to the top of the hill in the first 2/3 mike. It’s a good climb on firm trail along side the roadway. From the top you have multiple options that take you to various vistas. All have amazing views. The beach trail will dump you out on the beach for a surprisingly short walk back to the parking lot

Or..... Take the beach first and head counterclockwise for a change. Your toughest area this direction will be the middle 1/3 as you climb steadily. Then you have the big descent down the road to end.

Check out other reviews in the app for the various side trails at Torrey Pines

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!

September 18th: This hike was gorgeous and challenging. I underestimated it and took only 2 liters of water. I ran out about halfway back to my car, and by the time I got fluids I was very ill. I want to reiterate a previous poster's suggestion - take at least 3 liters!! Amazing views at the top, well worth the hard work.

not for beginners

Absolutely breathtaking. Easy walking, friendly people, amazing views and amazing weather.

The first part up the hill is meh. The viewpoints are also overrated. The walk on the beach is amazing. Also I went in the afternoon and the reflections of the canyons in the receding water were mesmerizing.

This turned out to be an adventure. I guess I underestimated the hike and decided to go after work at 6:30 PM. Did half the hike (the part on the beach) in near darkness. It can be a little intimidating hiking in the dark in high tide when you don't know how much further you have to go and you are not sure what lays ahead. My advice to all, start at least one hour before the sun sets if you want to avoid the dark. Still a very scenic and a gorgeous trail. One big disadvantage of hiking at night on the beach here is that there were a lot of mosquitoes (on a particular section).

My first time tackling el cap. Started my climb at 8am. At around 9:30 I had to stop because the last ascend to the peak was too steep. I could have made it up, but getting down would have been interesting. Still saw some incredible views nonetheless. Will definitely be back to try a different route.

I did segments of this loop before, but this time I completed the entire hike. I did it counter-clockwise where the elevation rise is more easier. Once, you cross Sunrise Hwy on the east side the view is great, on a clear day you can see the Salton Sea at about the 7 mile point counter-clockwise.

nice little hike

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