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Nice trail. Be prepared for rocks, especially if it’s just rained. If you go earlier there’s shade.

Awesome! Great incline going up the mountain. Great Cardio. I did the hike solo and felt safe. Going down the hill I chose the harder trail and it was a little rocky so I slid a couple of times but other then that it was a great hike I would definitely do it again!!

Well maintained hike. The abundance of fall colors was great along the way. No complaints. It’s a nice hike, especially this time of year.

This is a solid Sunday hike. It took me about an hour and a half. It reminds me a lot of Cowels Mtn but not as steep and 90% less crowded! Beautiful 360 degree views at the top. It’s more of a mtn biking trail than a hiking trail but I really enjoyed it. It’s super close to Encinitas and really perfect for dogs.

Did this hike for the second time today and it is always fun and a really nice view. The first time we went, it was definitely a lot more difficult since the other trail down was much much steeper, but it is permanently closed now. I assume that was for safety reasons, but now the trail is a lot easier so I was a teensy bit bummed out about that. Not a huge deal though, still a wonderful and beautiful hike!

This was actually 6 miles. No water in the falls, but as everyone else has stated, still worth the hike. It’s just beautiful at the pool!

This is actually a 6 mile loop well maintained trail. The water was barely flowing from the top of the waterfall but the bottom reservoir was full. The landscape of the waterfall was simply beautifully and well worth the hike.

Very scenic and beautiful. I went clockwise but either way you have a nice climb at the end. Didn’t see a soul the entire hike. Just me and the dog.

Nice scenery and great place to walk. Easy enough that my 3 year old nephew was able to complete the back and forth. Lots of cool bird watching opportunities. Definitely a place I will return to.

Great little hike. The initial drop into the canyon is on some loose rock but nothing crazy. I went after a rain and there was a good amount of water in the canyon. The hike back out gets the lungs going a bit, but it's short.

Such a fun and challenging hike/trail run. Great workout and nobody on the mountain!

Nice hike, pretty easy/wide trail much of the way. Suggest taking the side Five Oaks trail for the best views and less people (even though a bit harder and narrower).

was beautiful can wait till spring hopefully when the water is flowing still so amazing!!

Trail was well maintained and the folks up front checking permits were so helpful and friendly. It heated up on the way back which was close to noon in December, so bring plenty of water as they recommend. It was more or less a hike through the desert. Overall a good work out. I was told snakes were around, I didn’t see any (amen).

I went in the morning of Dec 1, 2018 after some good rain. Still no water, but a great time as always. My Garmin watch clocked at 5.09 miles round trip. A bit of bouldering at the falls to get to the top but nothing too hard. The new path around the part where you used to climb down and up the hill made this trail easier in a good way. As always make your own way and be safe.

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10 days ago

My favorite route in MTRP. I like running up and over the peak via the stairs. Once you reach the saddle hang a left before the climb to north fortuna. This will connect you to the suycott valley trail, head left (south) to work a loop into the route.

So 1st part of this trail is just a steep but short hiking trail. The rest of it is for climbers only. While the visitors center heavily discourages bouldering and blazing your own trail, many have done it *cough cough for thrills, and at the top theres a cool circle of rocks that people have put together. You could get to the nearest peak from there, but again it requires trail blazing so be careful (snakes) and mindful (there are unofficial trails, but minimize your foot imprint and dont trample, also dont smoke ANYTHING) *not that I have smoked in mission trails, just seen it and it makes me shudder thinking of one cigarette butt or flying pipe ember can just set a whole place ablaze, so just dont!!!

It’s an amazing hike is not that hard but take a lot of water with you

11 days ago

Lake Murray is a great trail / walk for getting outdoors and enjoying some great scenery. You can make your walk as long or as short as you would like and as long as there is not a major event going on there is a TON of parking.

Typically you find people ridding bikes, roller blades, scooters, walking, running, even canoeing in the lake. Also you will find that a lot of people bring their dogs.

Overall this is a great place for a walk! Make sure to pay attention to the park hours, otherwise you care might get locked in for the night.

Easy trail with good scenery not far from Escondido and Rancho Bernardo. Makes for an easily accessed quick hike.

Stunning views on a beautiful fall day. Main trail is very family and dog friendly. A little blustery at the top but didn’t take away from it all.

Nicely managed hiking trail but will have to keep your dog on leash the entire time. Updated note that contradicts the recreation.gov website is that you do not have to bring a print out of your permit if you have the digital version. They accept digital permits, they just haven’t updated their website to reflect the change yet. Happy trails!

I would love to rate this trail but the lot was closed and I couldn’t try it. The gate was still locked at 9:00 a. m. while it was supposed to be open at 8:00. Disappointing.

An awesome trail for running, and working on steep inclines!

best hiking for my family and friends!

Very pretty, wish there were more trees throughout but there’s more shade here than many other spots in Southern California

16 days ago

There’s a bathroom and fountain (including doggie fountain) at the Tamarack Ave trailhead. Not many a lot of places within the trail to throw out dog waste bags so you may have to walk around with them for a bit. It is kind of easy to get lost, not many signs, but over all a good easy hike.
**depending on the route you take to the peak there are some semi steep inclines and declines, would suggest hiking boots if you have them**

17 days ago

Easy to follow, fire/utility road is main trail. Some good elevation swings make it challenging!

It was a beautiful trail, and the views at the top were amazing, but we kept getting stopped and having to move aside for bikers. That was annoying after awhile. We probably won’t do this hike again, at least not with our dogs.

The first 3 miles is down hill (easy), but heading back is challenging. I recommend bringing your hiking poles. The waterfall is currently dry, but the bowl still has water. Lots of fresh animal dropping, so be alert and careful. We started at 7:15, started to warm up after that so bring plenty of water and sunblock.

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