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Love everything about this hike.

A good hike up the mountain.

Beautiful place

A good walking trail. More of a nature walk than a hike but good for distance walking. Somewhat crowded on weekends. Lots of mountain bike riders, most are polite and warn you when approaching. Not much elevation change at all. Views are mostly of the meadows and pines, not many scenic long distance views from the trail itself. Walking in there was a lot of strong winds on the west side of the loop so be prepared for that. We did see a couple of bikers that were blaring Drake music from some type of bluetooth speaker and filming themselves with a drone which sort of takes away from the quick mountain get away experience, but most people are friendly and polite. Plenty of parking along Sunrise HIghway, make sure you have an Adventure Pass.

Beautiful hike. Difficult but worth it! Start early park closes gates strictly 5pm

ok hike not much to see. Got some exercise in. I want to recant this "not much to see" after reading some history and the preservation effort of the landscape and original plants of San Diego it was a pretty cool hike ... ....

A really nice, easy urban-ish walk. Takes you through some of San Diego’s old neighborhoods and canyons. Ends with a stroll through Balboa Park. Nice for a hot Santa Ana day with plenty of availability for shade depending on what side of the street you choose to walk on!

Perfect to test our skills

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.

It was well kept and not highly trafficked.

Amazing views.

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.

Beautiful hike and great views on top.

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.

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

Amazing hiking. All the trail was very quiet so you could hear the sound of nature.

Super fun! I lived it

This was a beautiful trail with great rest stops, pretty decent instructions, and incredible views! Reading the previous posts really helped in being prepared for this hike. It is pretty rocky and I would suggest hiking boots, although I did it in my regular walking shoes and was okay. But it’ll ruin your shoes pretty fast if you do this trail often in them. I also agree that it’s so much better to go earlier rather than the middle of the day because then the sun is so high and more direct and that makes it less enjoyable. For me at least! Make sure to read some of the other posts for some good tips. I also would suggest bringing water. I didn’t think a little over 3 miles one way was going to be that big of a deal, but you it’s a pretty decent incline most of the way, so having some water and maybe a snack bar would be helpful. Hopefully this helps!

hiking
24 days ago

Proper challenge for beginners :)

Really well-maintained trail, nice variety in pathways, and beautiful views. Go AS EARLY as you can get there to enjoy some sense of solitude and beautiful light along the way.

For runners, a great place to practice decision-making for when to walk up steeps and when to run- and as a bonus, BOMBING downhill fun all the way.

it was a decent walk.

trail running
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month ago

I have done all the mission trails. Ok for an afternoon or morning walk

hiking
1 month ago

this was a fun hike. trail is rocky most of the way. i liked the rest areas spread out through the preserve. very well marked and has way points by the trails. do yourself the favor of getting a map, or snap a pic of it at the start so you can navigate easier.

Did this hike in October with fall temperatures. The rating of hard I believe depends on what time of year you go and what the temperature outside is. For us we started at around 9 am and the weather was perfect. On our way back around noon it was definitely hotter and more strenuous. Bring lots of water and snacks. Very well maintained hike! The rock requires you to make a somewhat questionable jump from one rock to another. Once you do it it’s not so bad. You have to lower yourself with your arms and get your footing on the potato chip rock. To get down I slid down the side of the rock. Overall great hike!

This was a great hike.
Only advice is....be in good cardio shape for this hike, or it will kick your butt!

I thoughts this was a nice hike to go on, relatively easy and great view of olivenhain reservoir and lake Hodges! Definately a hike to do on an overcast day since there isn’t too much shade
I would say it’s a great trail to go on if you don’t know how far you want to hike since it does connect to the greater trail system.

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.

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