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    gary murphy saved Big Laguna Trail

    about 1 month ago

    gary murphy added Burro Trail

    3 months ago

    gary murphy added Burro Trail

    3 months ago

    gary murphy saved Burro Trail

    3 months ago

    gary murphy saved Beast Trail

    5 months ago

    gary murphy saved Beck Hill Trail

    9 months ago

    gary murphy completed Big Laguna Trail

    12 months ago

    gary murphy reviewed Cedar Creek Falls Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Incredible. Grew up in San Diego county and have done my share of hiking. Never realized we had such an incredible waterfall in our county. Got our permit ahead of time and hiked on a Friday during spring Break. Started the 3 miles down around 11am. Clear day with temp around 72-75 during our 4 hour round trip.
    One thing to remember, and it says it in a lot of places, but for some reason, I never read it. YOU HAVE TO CROSS 3 STREAMS PRIOR TO GETTING TO THE WATERFALL. When we got to the first stream, there was nobody around, so we figured the waterfall must be upstream, and there is a trail, so that's the way we went. Eventually the trail became narrower and less traveled and we realized that we had wasted a bit of time and headed back and crossed the first stream. A sign at this first crossing, reminding folks to cross the streams would be huge. If we are paying for a permit, and they are making up to $480 per day on permits, it doesn't seem like too much to ask. Nevertheless, the hike and the waterfall were incredible this time of year. Water was around mid to high 50's, which is what I would expect this time of year in any of the san diego creeks and holes. The staging area around the punchbowl at the base of the waterfall is pretty small and can get pretty crowded. We stayed for about an hour, then headed back up. The trail is very well kept, mainly switchbacks. I wouldn't rate is as hard as it is just a bunch of switchbacks over 3 miles, but for many, this may be pretty hard. Especially when the way back up is all uphill, not too steep, just steady uphill hiking.
    The other caveot is that this area can get really hot. I wouldn't want to be out there when it is above 80 degree's in the middle of the day, hiking back up the hill. At 75 degree's, there was very little wind, and it felt like it was 90. We completed this trail with our 3 kids, age 14, 12, and 10. They did great and really enjoyed the hike. We did see other parents with some younger kids that weren't quite having so much fun, so I would try and do a good assessment of your kids hiking ability prior to tackling this one, or you might be doing some carrying or hearing some complaining. Hope you all enjoy this hike as much as we did. Planning to go back soon!

    gary murphy completed Cedar Creek Falls Trail

    over 1 year ago

    gary murphy reviewed Boucher Trail, Thunder Spring, Silvercrest Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Thunder springs trail was incredible. Lots of tree's provide plenty of shade. Felt like we were under the canopy most of the hike. Good times. Once you get to the campground, and start crossing over to the Boucher trail, it is a bit of a mess. Very overgrown right now. Was constantly ducking and diving around overgrowth. This section needs some serious work. My kids were constantly asking me if we were still on the trail. The road up can be slow, so plan accordingly and don't forget to bring your state parking pass if you have one. Otherwise $10 to park.

    gary murphy reviewed Cougar Ridge to Engelmann Oak Trail

    over 1 year ago

    The first mile+ is a pretty good climb. Probably pretty tough for a young hiker