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mountain biking
2 days ago

Easy Trail with a nice stream nearby to cool down with (after it rained)

Fun trail and hike with good views. It's a pretty easy hike if you do any real hiking.

hiking
4 days ago

Beautiful view! People of all ages can do this one. It's the perfect hike as part of a day trip. Swing by Julian after for apple pie and cider.

9/10/18
I enjoyed this hike very much! Easy, fun switchbacks, well maintained trail, however lots of hikers on the weekend. Astonishing views at the top of the summit! The space at the top is very small and can get crowded quickly. My guy and I did a quick walk thru than found a quiet spot on a rock away from the crowd to enjoy our view and snack. Please be mindful to share the space at the top of the summit for others to also enjoy the beautiful view. No need for you to hang out there 20min to talk about BS as others are coming thru. And please keep your dog on a leash. Parking $10 Paso Picacho Picnic abs Campground.

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.

best hiking for my family and friends!

i love the trail, it is a little bit hard but the view is amazing

16 days ago

Super easy, short trail, which was great for my young kids, who are new to hiking.

Great hike! Then head into Julian for lunch

The 1/2 mile that I hiked was mostly 3+ inches of loose sand. then came the creek crossings that were not setup for those of us without horses. creek looked nice.

only one way. no markings.

Overall this was a simple hike that is great for getting into the swing of being on a trail. This trail has a decent amount of people on it so you do not feel alone. You get to walk past some varied landscapes and start by the visitor center where you can learn more about the park.

If you are looking for an easy hike this is for you. If you are looking for something more challenging, there are plenty of other trails that you can probably incorporate segments of this trail with.

it was a pleasant view! totally recommend it!

Great hike for beginners, it was easy and fun. We opted for a pre dawn hike, it was beautiful & surprisingly quiet. We will be returning next week!

Enjoyed this hike

Great hike to chat with friends while getting some nature time on :)

This was one of the best hikes! Highly recommend it

I love this trail, especially in the Fall. I bring my labrador and we have a great time.

Pick up you dog s**t and trash you filthy animals. Don’t bring your aggressive dogs on trail; otherwise it is a nice stroll.

When you need a trail to get you back into it after a 2 month summer hibernation. Off to Cuyamaca

This is our go to for a quick dose of nature. I often come here to clear my head and get centered.i love this place. It’s beautiful after a heavy rain.

Not a bad trail. More of a nature walk than a hike. Sandy along the river bed. Several shallow crossings.

Easy hike, not very taxing at all. Stellar views, nice trail, cool trees. 10/10

Awesome trail! Gradual incline on the switchbacks. I am fat and hate switchbacks but this was moderate and doable. Some areas are Rocky ankle twisters, also a few rock scrambles. Pay the $10 to park at the campground don't cheat it that money helps maintain the trails. Don't be a ass. Bathrooms at the campground are clean picnic tables for lunch, nice place. Julian up the road is nice stop for an ice cream reward.

hiking
2 months ago

Gets your heart pumping at the top :) beautiful views the whole hike short but definitely worth putting on checklist

Took the dog out for a Saturday morning walk and was pleasantly surprised by the amount of people out on this trail. The only negative would be the few rocky spots at the start, but once past that it is a nice easy stroll with multiple options to stop by the river. Will definitely be heading back in the future.

Pretty easy, hot, and dusty. It's a pretty shaded trail, so that definitely helps with the heat, but if you can get going early, I'd recommend it. Pretty average hike imo. Not bad, but also not amazing. The river is pretty! Take the app with you. It's easy to take a wrong turn.

Good hike that’s clean and taken care of. I carry a toddler in a backpack and it’s easy to manage and lots of spots to stop and enjoy the view if need be.

hiking
2 months ago

It was my first time here and I loved this hike! This is one of the most beautiful hikes I’ve done in California! It’s more of a 4-mile trail, round trip. Definitely start this hike early in the morning to take advantage of the shade!

A nice outdoor hike. Not intense at all but its easy to get lost. I had to use to app to follow the trail.

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