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    Rod Grady saved San Juan Trail

    4 months ago

    Rod Grady saved Harding Truck Trail

    4 months ago

    Rod Grady saved Pacific Crest Trail

    4 months ago

    Rod Grady reviewed Eagle Crag via Agua Tibia Loop

    5 months ago

    The McGee portion of the trail is now so overgrown that you literally have to crawl on your hands and knees through miles of bramble while getting whipped in the face with branches. About a 3 mile stretch is completely overgrown. The only way you know you’re not lost are some random bits of plastic tied to the branches you find every 30 minutes or so. Found myself very claustrophobic and stressed during this part of the hike. The rest of the hike was amazing! I suggest you take the wild horse route up and down. Don’t even bother with McGee it’s almost impassable as it is.

    Rod Grady saved Lake Hodges Trail

    5 months ago

    Rod Grady saved Rattlesnake Peak Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Rod Grady saved Pine Mountain Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Rod Grady saved Ice House Canyon Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Rod Grady saved Upper San Diego River

    about 1 year ago

    Rod Grady reviewed Cowles Mountain Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Solid little hike. Very crowded. Do it though.

    Rod Grady completed Cowles Mountain Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Rod Grady saved Tecate Peak Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Rod Grady reviewed Skyline Trail: Cactus to Clouds

    about 1 year ago

    DO NOT TRY THIS HIKE UNLESS YOU ARE IN BALLER SHAPE! If you can't comfortably run a marathon or jog all of mt baldy, this is dangerous and is not with the helicopter rescue. Also, do not do this hike during the day. The heat will melt you and make it miserable.

    My experience: got to the museum around 5pm, left immediately. It was 111 degrees when we started. Had about 40 lbs on me, about 6 liters of water, snacks, some other random stuff. Around 8 pm it cooled down and became awesome. The moonlight guided us the entire way. Managed to slam the first 8,000 ft of elevation gain by about 1am. The trail is easy to follow. It was 33 degrees up there, and windy. Took a little nap at the ranger station, and at 3am cruised up to the peak. Watched sunrise from the summit, words can't explain! There is a reason John Muir calls the 'the most spectacular view god gave to man', and he calls everyone out from the grave by saying 'you aren't a mountaineer if you haven't done the cactus to clouds trail...'. You really can't appreciate this hike unless you start from the bottom. It was incredible watching the lights of Palm Springs slowly fade into the distance while grinding through the night. My feet got some gnarly blisters but beyond that our legs were pretty happy so we did the entire hike back down. Total distance, over 35 miles, total net elevation gain, nearly 25,000 ft according to my watch. Took about 17 hours of hiking, plus a nap and a nap at the peak. I didn't take any breaks going up or down and I suggest you don't either, keep your momentum going.

    Result: a special accomplishment and sense of pride knowing you did the 'hardest/most elevation gain day hike in America'. And some gnarly blisters. Body feels great though. Being 21 kicks ass sometimes.

    Advice: DO NOT try to do cactus to clouds to cactus if you aren't into suffering a little. Take the tram down and enjoy. Also if you do take the tram down, arrange some ride from the tram to the museum. Also, don't be a Judas and raid the emergency boxes... don't even try this if you're gonna rely upon those boxes. Carry your own water and suck it up if you get thirsty. Thirsty is not an emergency. Also, again, DO THIS OVERNIGHT. It's amazing! And protect your skin. 6 liters of water should be enough just hydrate before. And no matter what, you're gonna blister, so suck up the pain and smile, and enjoy a badass hike. And leave your phone at home, pictures won't do it justice and you can't enjoy the summit without doing the hike so just be free and off the grid and enjoy.

    Good luck!

    Rod Grady completed Skyline Trail: Cactus to Clouds

    about 1 year ago

    Rod Grady reviewed Hellhole Canyon

    about 1 year ago

    Cool hike! Not amazing but worth doing. If you time it when the water is flowing it's way better. You're not supposed to bring dogs but I brought my puppy and just threw him in the water and the end and he was fine. It gets fuc*king hot in summer so make sure you're prepared for heat.

    Rod Grady completed Hellhole Canyon

    about 1 year ago

    Rod Grady reviewed Torrey Pines State Reserve Trail

    about 1 year ago

    It's Torrey pines it's a classic. Yeah it crowded and overrated but still 5 stars. Bring your mom or kids here for a chill 'walk' up and down the cliffs. When it rains sometimes it gets washed out so heads up.

    Rod Grady completed Torrey Pines Beach Trail Loop

    about 1 year ago

    Rod Grady reviewed Los Penasquitos Canyon (from Lopez Canyon)

    about 1 year ago

    Best when the water is flowing good.

    Rod Grady reviewed Adobe Falls Road Loop [PRIVATE PROPERTY]

    about 1 year ago

    Great little spot. Watch out for the evil lady.

    Rod Grady reviewed El Cajon Mountain Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Bring you puppy and water, they'll sleep like a baby the ride home. Recommend starting at 5am to avoid the heat. Great hike.

    Rod Grady completed El Cajon Mountain Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Rod Grady reviewed Potato Chip Rock via Mt. Woodson Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Not a fan of crowds. There are cooler hikes at this difficulty level with more rewarding views. But you gotta do it at least once it's potato chip man.

    Rod Grady reviewed Cuyamaca Peak Loop

    about 1 year ago

    It's really not that hard. And you get to be the highest person in San Diego! Totally worth it. Amazing view. Gets pretty slippery in winter season.

    Rod Grady reviewed Stonewall Peak Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Great rock climbing at the top if you're into that.

    Rod Grady completed Stonewall Peak Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Rod Grady reviewed Iron Mountain Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Would be 5 stars but I don't like crowds. Good little day hike. Good for kids.

    Rod Grady completed Iron Mountain Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Rod Grady reviewed Mt. San Antonio & Mt. Baldy Notch Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Put 80 lbs on my back. Did devils backbone in February. This is not something you should try if you don't know how to handle snow and ice. But it's absolutely incredible to see the ice covered view, worth every second. Got a little wind burned cause I didn't wear goggles. Whoops.

    Did it again recently, 20 lbs on my back, did the ski lodge route. Ran the whole way up to the lodge and took it slow from lodge to summit.

    I have hiked every hike there is to hike in San Diego and this is by far one of the most spectacular experiences. Extremely humbling and moving to be in the presence of such a beautiful mountain. Makes me feel like a bald eagle. Day hikes like these are priceless. And the elevation is perfect. You get naturally high but it's not grueling.

    After Mt Rainier and San Jicinto this is in my opinion the third coolest hike on the entire west coast.

    Rod Grady reviewed Mt Gower Open Space Preserve Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Put 70 lbs on my back, did it in about 4 hours up and down. If you're in good shape, very fun and rewarding hike. If you're not in shape, the up and down will make your legs burn but it's doable. Great view and not too crowded. Way better than stupid iron or potato which are crawling with annoying loud littering people. Def recommend this one. My puppy handled the scramble to the summit fine.

    I'm not sure why this is rated moderate, I mean it is moderate, but compared to other all trails ratings it seems like it should be ranked hard. It's steep at the end.