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one of my favorite hikes. great workout.

backpacking
3 days ago

This trail can be done in two days if you take the early ferry into Avalon and the mid day or late ferry out of Two Harbors. I did it January 11-12. Despite the mild temps, it seems to be in the off peak season. Lots of great scenery, elevation changes, and harbor views. However there are more power lines, fairly significant erosion, and other man-made changes that would otherwise result in a 5 star rating.

Check out the Wrigley Botanical Garden before starting from Avalon. it will help you identify some of the plants you see along the way.

Super easy...way too short but neat to see

Great trail for the family!!

Beautiful trail. First snow hike. Trekking poles are a must, if I didnt have them I would have probably slipped down the mountain. I got here earlier today at 8am and I was one of the first ones here, it was pretty empty. Keep in mind it's a weekday. It is pretty tough if you haven't hiked in a while, I contemplated giving up multiple times. The trail to the peak at some point was hidden in snow and I felt that it was best if I didnt continue, plus my crampons broke. I'll be sure to finish this trail in the summer.

Very beautiful view once you reach the summit ! Get up there early and earn the sunrise!

hiking
9 days ago

The front gate is closed, so just walk around it.

I completed this hike on 1/7/18. The extra walk made this an over 21 mile hike. We got to the summit at sunset and descended in the dark with headlamps. From the parking to the trailhead is about 3.5 miles of steep incline on asphalt, don’t let that ruin your day #OptOutside.

This trail is very well maintained. We saw deer, salamanders, and a mountain lion.

The second half of the loop had a few fallen down trees so just expect to hop over them. The wildlife is extra wild from the closure, so be prepared to see some animals and to know what to do when you come face to face.

Be aware of the change of temperature from the trailhead to the summit. There is snow on the summit.

We saw no other people up there so be careful and bring a buddy Incase of emergency. Have a plan.

The vertical climb gets pretty intense towards the end after Sturtavent Camp, especially with how bad that first 3.5 miles blows your legs out, but we did it, so you can do it. You got this!

My buddy’s Garmin GPS clocked us at 21.35 total miles and 5,482 feet in elevation gain for the day.

2019 Hike 2 of 52. Six Pack of Peaks 2019 1 of 6.

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This was my first hike at this location and hiking in the snow. Great workout...crampons and trekking poles helped. Completed in 9 hours. Since it was supposed to rain later that day it was super windy and began snowing on the way back down. Hiking in the snow was awesome and the scenery was beautiful. Can’t wait to do this one again in better weather conditions to be able to absorb more of the scenery.

This was a great hike! We started our hike at 7:45 and were the first ones on the trail and passed a total of 4 groups on our descent. The trail was easy to follow after reading the comments before. There are two different wood signs marked with C.M. if you look for them - this is what helped us stay on the right trail. One thing that hasn’t been mentioned is towards the end, there is a steep rocky descent of about 10-15 yards that didn’t feel like it was part of the trail. After backtracking, as well as checking our compass and mileage, we figured it was definitely part of the trail and continued on. I would’ve hated to end our trip at this point. Even though it was a cloudy and cold day, the views at the top were spectacular. Unfortunately because of the wind, our stay at the peak was short lived. Can’t wait to get back to this one in early spring.
Total mileage was definitely closer to 8.5 rather than 6.5.

hiking
12 days ago

It was pretty good hike not hard, there some area where you have to climb or use your hard to climb up some rocky trails but not bad at all. We started at 730am and didn’t see anybody until on our way back.

hiked on 12/19/18

absolutely amazing. micro spikes were a must. hiking poles are extremely helpful, i don't summit without them!

started at 8:30. got to the top by 1. ate lunch for about an hour. got back down by 5. next time I will start an hour early because the sun had set by the time we got back to the parking lot.

this hike can be dangerous for those who don't come prepared. we ran into someone who slid 100 feet because they were in Nikes and no micro spikes. luckily they weren't alone. not sure what the current conditions are, i would call the ranger station a day in advance to make sure.

anyways, had a total blast doing this. i definitely recommend getting some miles in before doing this one because it is mighty strenuous. can't wait to train properly and do it again!

Hiked to the peak without micro-spikes, worst mistake ive ever made. Almost fell off a slope but thanks to someone near by helped me up, very dangerous without spikes at the moment.

best wire of entire ie!!...by far!

Great for a break from the car ride!

I went on December 21, and ~85% of the trail was in ice or snow. The last half had the hillsides completely covered in snow, from 1 to 2 feet in it. I lost the trail many times after the first half. Very dangerous without a GPS as you can lose your sense of direction (where trail leads), as you’ll see foot prints going various directions and splitting. When I went, there were only 3 other people that I was aware of. Very beautiful and quiet. It was around 40 degrees but it’s not an accurate reading, and there were still heavy gusts when you start to summit.

If you’re peak bagging San Diego County, you gotta do this one right? It’s the tallest... and it’s a real mission to get to it if you live down in the city. It’s been on my To-Do list for a while and I finally motivated my ass to drive up there and get it handled, on a snowy winter day in January.

It was a weekday morning after a fresh snowfall maybe two days before. Checked in at the ranger station and paid $10. No cars at trailhead, not a soul on the mountain that day. The hike itself wasn’t incredibly difficult, about Mt. Woodson level of effort. The trail was gorgeous, very green and lots of pines. The snow made for some rad photos. Followed a faint trail from the dilapidated lookout tower up to the actual summit (look for the helpful little orange flags) but couldn’t go up the summit boulder due to ice. I settled on eating lunch under the tower instead.

Absolutely stunning visibility, as could be expected on a winter day. Landmarks visible in 5 other counties plus Mexico and the Pacific Ocean. It’d be almost easier to make a list of what I couldn’t see up there. Views from summit included:

Cuyamaca Peak, Mt. Baldy, San Jacinto, San Gorgonio, Toro, Palomar, Woodson, Iron, Mission Trails 5, San Miguel, Mount Laguna, Rabbit, Villager, Salton Sea, Islas de Coronado, Point Loma, and Downtown San Diego.

I was actually pretty surprised to see Point Loma and Downtown, I wasn’t expecting that. On a hot hazy day you’re not going to see half of those landmarks, definitely do this on a clear winter day if possible.

And don’t be a daredevil like me and hike it solo. Go in a group! I saw a few sets of mountain lion paw prints in the fresh snow a few miles in, it had me dialing up the paranoia to the 9’s. Thankfully saw none, but they out there...

Due to the partial government shutdown, the gate leading up to the parking lot is currently closed. You can still park at the bottom and walk up an extra 3-4 miles though. Wish I could have known this before driving an hour and a half!!!

12/28/18 — Whoa. The winds were wicked. Micro spikes needed from around 3.5 miles in until the peak. Snow was over the ankles in places near the top. Had the peak to myself.

Hiked this trail on 12/27/18.

The first 3.6 miles from the trailhead to Ice House Saddle were mostly dry with scattered patches of snow and ice along the way. The next 2.5 miles from Ice House Saddle to Cucamonga Peak were almost completely covered with snow and ice...you will definitely want micro-spikes and trekking poles from this point to make your way to the top if hiking in snowy conditions. We did the hike in 9 hours (7am-4pm) taking our time and making several stops along the way, but we probably could have done it in 7 hours or less if we were hustling a bit more.

Overall, it’s a beautiful trail that can be considered moderate to challenging depending upon your experience and fit. There’s a tranquil creek that runs parallel to the trail for the first couple miles and once you climb higher you’ll be awarded with stunning views of the valley. It’s a well maintained trail from bottom to top. Do it, you won’t be disappointed!

Just a little over 15 miles of trail take the right hiking gear with you. Lots of camping spots but you’ll need a permit. Pretty views and scenery.

Hiked to top. Lots of ice so wear spikes and bring poles!

25 days ago

great views at top.

I took my mountain bike on this and it was a fun little trail loved every minute

Easy Hike, Beautiful Views!!!

backpacking
1 month ago

Amazing view with incredible views.
Steep climbs, steep decents. Hard on the knees. Majority of the trail was a dirt road(accessable by 4x4 vehicle) Good for safety, but annoying to hike on a dry dusty dirt road.

Day one was Avalon to Black Jack(LONG DAY)
Avalon to the trailhead adds an extra mile or more

Day two was Black Jack to Two Harbor(another LONG DAY)
Stopped for food at the airport. Little Harbor Camp water spigot was dry which made for a rough waterless couple miles. The views on this day were beautiful.

Day three, we did the Silver Peak Trail to Starlight Beach, then back to Parsons Landing (a third LONG DAY)

It was nice having firewood and water at each campsite, however we spent so much of the day hiking that we didn't get to enjoy the relaxation as we should have. Probably would've been best to add an extra day, although with the way the camps were spread it prob wouldn't have helped.

Good hike. Was iced over before the saddle, so I decided to turn back & stay the night at Cedar Glen camp since it was later in the day. Had a great view from the top spot at the camp.

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Great hike that felt like you were going through so many different types of terrain, some parts felt woodsy, some felt like a bush maze, while other parts were in the sun and boulder area. So a nice way to mix it up all in one hike. Super doable, some uphill but mostly spread out. I brought 2 liters of water, but only ended up needing 1. It was in December, so a perfect sunny warm day! It was also really cool seeing the mountain you would get to the top of, so awesome views all throughout! Would love to come back with my little sisters since it seems like a doable hike for them.

backpacking
1 month ago

Great views, but there is no shade for the most part of trail. Expensive camp sites.

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