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    Philip Yoho reviewed Rattlesnake Peak Trail

    11 months ago

    My second time up Rattlesnake Peak. First last year I did an out and back solo hike in the heat. I drank 7 liters of water and ran out with a half mile to go. It was 105' when I finished.

    This time the weather was much cooler. 60's and 70's. Our group chose to do the loop (up Route 1 and down Route 2). I would no recommend that route to anyone. Route 2 is completely grown over and the trail is very difficult to follow. I recommend staying with the out and back.

    Luckily for us we had an individual who had complete Route 2. Even still, he had a hard time following the trail. It came down to his knowledge of the trail and my map to navigating out of there. Also, Route 2 is much steeper and a bit more precarious than Route 1.

    I'll be back next year with another group or two to tame Rattlesnake peak again in preparation for Iron Mountain and C2C. However, the plan will be to stick to Route 1 only.

    Philip Yoho reviewed Heaton Flat Trail to Iron Mountain

    11 months ago

    In preparation for C2C, my group and I conquered Iron Mountain. This was my second time on the Heaton Flat Trail. I hiked solo up to the Alison Mine Saddle last year in preparation to do the entire hike with two other hikers. Unfortunately, it never happened.

    So, on Saturday, Nov 4th six hikers and I set out to conquer this beast. I can honestly say the Iron Mountain certainly lived up to its billing as being the toughest hike in the San Gabriel Mountains. The final two plus miles to the peak were steep and relentless. I had no doubt we would make it, but I seems like the last two miles just went on forever!

    For our efforts, we were rewarded with some of the most awesome views of all the surrounding ranges and peaks. We had perfect weather and very little wind at the peak. It was probably in the 40's at the top and never got higher than 60 throughout the hike.

    We each carried between 4 to 6 liters of water plus a liter or so of electrolytes or coconut water. We have C2C in two weeks. It will be my second summit from the Skyline trail and my groups first time. It will also be my 8th summit of San Jacinto (from various trailheads).

    Iron Mountain - I've got your number now! See you again next year as my Hike Beyond the Hills friends and I conquer you again. ;)

    Philip Yoho reviewed South Fork Trail to San Gorgonio Mountain via Mine Shaft Saddle

    12 months ago

    Hiked this trail on Sunday, Oct 1st. This was my third summit this year of San Gorgonio. My first was from the Momyer Creek Trail. It was the longest of the three (about 24 miles), but well worth hiking the distance. I got caught in thunder showers once I hit Dollar Lake Saddle on that day.

    My second summit was from the South Fork Trail via Dollar Lake. This was the shortest, but definitely the hardest (about 20 miles). Once you hit the split which either takes you to Dry Lake (to the southeast) or Dollar Lake Saddle (to the southwest), take the southwest route. It becomes very steep. You'll climb 1770' in 2.4 miles.

    My third summit was also from the South Fork Trail. Instead of heading up the Dollar Lake trail, we head up the Dry Lake trail to do the loop. This one was about 22 miles and definitely the easiest of the three. In fact, although it is 4 miles longer than Vivian Creek, I would say it is easier than Vivian Creek too. Just long. If you have a filter I recommend topping off water at the Dry Lake/Dollar Lake split on the way up and down. All in all this was an awesome hike. I enjoyed seeing the C47 Monument.

    Philip Yoho reviewed South Fork to Dollar Lake Trail

    about 1 year ago

    August 19, 2017 Led a group of hikers to San Gorgonio Peak via the South Fork Trail. (See my previous post below for information about the hike and getting a permit)

    Still plenty of water at the 4.1 mile mark where the trail splits. Taking a left will take you to Dry Lake, Mineshaft, the historic plane wreck and then loops around San Gorgonio and approaches the peak from the southwest. Continuing straight on the right, will get you to Dollar Lake Saddle and then on to the peak via the San Bernardino Divide Trail heading south and east. I carried 5 liters of water and a filter. I still had a liter left after the 20 mile hike. I did filter water with 4 miles to go for one of my hikers though. All in all, great hike and a great day. I strongly recommend advanced planning for this hike. It is not for beginners or anyone who is not in physically good condition (hiking condition). I saw a lot of people on the trail who were physically hurting or weren't sure where to go. Seems to me that kinda takes the fun out of the climb, but that's just me!

    Philip Yoho reviewed South Fork to Dollar Lake Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Hiked the South Fork Trail to Dollar Lake on Saturday, August 5th. It was about a 12 mile out and back with about 2,700 feet in elevation gain. This area was devastated by the Lake Fires a few years ago. The views on this hike are still pretty awesome, even though in most areas you are looking at a sea of dead trees. Life is coming back though and some trees did survive. Poopout Hill, at 2.2 miles in, offers an excellent view of San Gorgonio. I would recommend hitting Poopout on your way down the mountain. It is only a few hundred feet off the South Fork Trail. There are stone benches up there and the ever present San Gorgonio Wilderness sign marks the hill and the beginning of the wilderness area. Makes for a great photo op with San Gorgonio in the background.

    Permitting for this trail is done through http://sgwa.org/wilderness-permits/ the same method you would use for Vivian Creek or Angelus Oaks. So, plan in advance! The trailhead is pretty easy to find. Once you get onto CA-38 E/Mill Creek Road you will drive about 20 miles to Jenks Lake Rd W. You’ll go right on Jenks Lake Road and drive in about 2.5 miles. On the right hand side of the road you will see a “South Fork Parking” sign, with an arrow pointing to your left. This sign is right at the left turn into the parking lot, so pay attention or you may pass it. This is a pretty large parking lot and adventure passes are required to be displayed.

    The trailhead is at the south end of the lot near the bathrooms. Once you get on the trail you will immediately cross Jenks Lake Road. The first 1.2 miles takes you to Horse Meadows and has an elevation gain of about 620 feet. Most of that in the first half mile. The trail has been cleaned up pretty well over the last few years. My hats off to all those volunteers that spend countless hours cleaning up and removing fallen trees from blocking the trail. There is some life coming back, but most of that is low lying brush and grass. Horse meadows is considered a historic site. It was preserved very well during the fires by the first responders and other volunteers.

    Right as you leave Horse Meadows you will cross an east/west dirt road. If you go left (or east) you will end up on a 2 mile loop that goes to Poopout Hill and then back down to the South Fork Trail. Or, if you continue on the South Fork Trail for 1 mile, you will end up at the same spot as the loop and only a few hundred feet from the top of Poopout Hill. Either way the elevation gain is about 350 feet. As I mentioned earlier, great place to stop on your way down.

    The next part of the trail is a 1.3 mile stretch that takes you to the Lost Creek Trail which turns up north. This stretch of the trail is still pretty flat, with only about 220 feet in elevation gain. If you turn left on the Lost Creek Trail, you will quickly cross the South Fork Santa Ana River. A good source for water filtering. If you continue about a mile in on the Lost Creek Trail you will hit Grinnell Ridge Camp.

    Instead of turning on the Lost Creek Trail, continue south on the South Fork Trail for another .3 miles and you will come to a fork. This is about 3.8 miles into the hike. On your left heading southeast is the Dry Lake Trail. A favorite destination for overnighters and the longer route to San Gorgonio Peak. On your right heading southwest is the Dollar Lake Trail which takes you 2.4 miles up to Dollar Lake Saddle and the San Bernardino Divide Trail. This is the steepest part of the hike with an elevation gain of 1,770 feet. This also takes you to San Gorgonio Peak via the San Bernardino Divide Trail and it is about 5 miles shorter than the Dry Lake Route. We are taking the San Bernardino Divide Trail on the August 19th.

    For this hike, I didn’t hike to the Saddle. Instead at about 1.7 miles up I took the trail on the left to Dollar Lake Camp and had lunch, then headed back. I decided not to take the half mile decent to Dollar Lake. This portion of the trail had not been worked on, so there were lots of trees and debris blocking the trail. Everywhere you looked there was a sea of dead trees.

    This hike was a recon hike for me. We will be coming back to the South Fork Trail on the 19th of Aug and hike up to the Dollar Lake Trail (3.8 miles), then to Dollar Lake Saddle (2.4 miles). Once at the Saddle, we will continue southeast on the San Bernardino Divide Trail for (3.5 miles) to San Gorgonio Peak. We should only need to filter water at the fork for the Dollar Lake Trail and Dry Lake Trail. Topping off on the way up and on the way down.

    Philip Yoho completed South Fork to Dollar Lake Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Philip Yoho reviewed Middle Fork Trail to Icehouse Saddle

    about 1 year ago

    As planned, we summited Cucamonga Peak from the Middle Fork Trail in Lytle Creek on July 29th. Please see my previous comments for more details about hiking this trail.

    The 1.7 miles from Commanche Camp to Icehouse Saddle were a little steep and strenuous. We took a good break at the saddle before pushing on to the peak 2.5 miles away. We ended the day with 16.17 miles and an total elevation gain of 5,121'.

    There were a few trees and brushes blocking the trail, but they were easily negotiable. There is no water at Commanche Camp. However, just a short distance past the camp, as you are heading to the saddle, you can hear the water following on your left. I recommend walking past the first water source and go to the second one. It is easier to get to. Again, you'll know where it is, because you will hear it.

    There was absolutely no one on this trail in the morning. The only time we encountered other hikers was at the saddle and along the final 2.5 miles to the peak. Of course, since it was a Saturday, the saddle, the trail and the peak were like mad houses. Coming down, once we turned back onto the Middle Fork Trail it was again peace and quite. We did see 4 young ladies hiking to Third Stream Crossing for an overnighter. I hope they had nets because the bugs were not kind at all.

    So, if you are up for a good long challenge and would like to avoid the crowds for most of your hike, this one is for you.

    Philip Yoho reviewed Middle Fork Trail to Icehouse Saddle

    about 1 year ago

    My hiking buddy and I did this trail on Saturday. Two important things to know about it.

    First, you need a wilderness permit and unlike Icehouse Canyon, the permits are not available at the trailhead. You have to go to www.cucamongawilderness.org. Fill out a permit, then either mail or FAX to the Front Country Ranger Station. The bottom of the form says to send to the Mill Creek Ranger Station at the FAX listed. This is not correct! The actual FAX number is 909-887-3989 and it goes directly to the Front Country Ranger Station in Lytle Creek. It takes 3 to 7 days to receive your permit in the mail. Or, if you are starting early (before 0800) like I did, call the Ranger Station to confirm approval and ask that they place the permit in their mail box. Which is located to the left side of their drive (it is not next to the building).

    Second, the last two miles to the trailhead is on a dirt/rocky road. I do not recommend attempting this drive in a car. You should have a truck or other high profile vehicle. I drove my Chevy 3/4 ton, 2wd and had no problems. Lots of deep ruts and large rocks that can easily damage your vehicle. So, if you are hiking in a group, plan where to park or stage vehicles and carpool.

    Some other things to note about this hike. Other than the trailhead, none of the trails or camps are marked, so know how to read a map and use a compass. It is less travelled, so there is some overgrowth on the trail. When you get to the fork that leads either down to Stonehouse Camp or up, take the up trail. We took Stonehouse to explore, but we aware there is a lot of poison oak that you cannot avoid hanging over the trail. And, the trace trail coming out of Stonehouse Camp is a little tricky to pick up, but after about .4 miles it does merge with the upper trail. When you arrive at the upper trail intersection take the sharp left heading west on Middle Fork Trail. In .8 miles you will come to Third Stream Crossing Camp. Lots of water here, so this would be a great place to top off your water supply both going up and coming down. I believe there is a waterfall somewhere near here but we didn't go looking for it. Next, you will travel 1.6 miles to Commanche Camp. This is where we stopped ate lunch and then headed back.

    There are several areas the you will cross along the way where the trail is small and the rocks are very loose and prone to slides. My hiking partner, was walking in one such area and as she passed a huge amount of rocks began to slide and ended up covering the trail. So, hike with caution in these areas. There are stream crossings as well, but these are easily navigated. I believe there were about 4 small trees over the trail. Again easily navigated. On the way to Commanche Camp, the trail stops and there is a large amount of rubble and trees. It is difficult to tell which way you should go. We went up to the left and then around to the right. The trails picks right back up on the other side of the rubble and trees.

    Next week our plan is to hike this trail to Icehouse Saddle and then continue on to Cucamonga Peak, so for us it was a good idea to hike the lower portion of the trail in advance.

    Philip Yoho completed Old Mount Baldy Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Philip Yoho reviewed Old Mount Baldy Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Excellent training hike! We did this hike on July 1st. We staged a car at Manker Flats then drove back down to the trailhead. Parking is on the street (inside the white lines) and it fills up pretty quickly. There is also a dirt lot about a 1/4 mile up the road on the left. I began tracking the hike at the Church parking lot. It took us just under 5 hours to summit. It was almost 7 miles and the elevation gain was about 5400'. This trail is steep, so make sure you are ready for the challenge. There are two miles where the elevation gain for each is just over 900' and one mile where the elevation gain was just over 1300'. We came down the Ski Hut trail, it too was steep but shorter. Our total miles for this hike were 11.31. I would not recommend this for anyone who is a beginner or has never hike Baldy before.

    Philip Yoho added Track - May 30 02:36 PM

    over 1 year ago

    Philip Yoho added Training Day

    over 1 year ago

    Philip Yoho reviewed Los Pinos Peak - Via Bell View Canyon

    over 1 year ago

    What an awesome and challenging hike. The actual trailhead is on Robinson Ranch Road, not at the GPS location on Meander Lane. You can't miss it! It is street parking only. Also, from the trailhead to Los Pinos Peak it is about 14 miles, not the 9.5 listed above. Four of us used a GPS to track the miles and we were all within a few tenths of each other. Except for mine. I had 15 miles, but I did some extra hiking along the way.

    The elevation on the Los Pinos Peak sign at read it was 4500'. This was pretty close to our GPS trackers. With that said, the challenge on this hike, aside from the distance, was the total elevation gain and some of the very steep ascents and descents.

    My total elevation gain was 5697'. That tells you there are a lot of elevation gains and losses (ups and downs) throughout this hike. Some parts of the climb are very strenuous and require some rock scrambling. Coming down is just as difficult as going up so be aware.

    I did this hike with an advanced level group of hikers and I would not recommend anyone do it solo. Mainly, because of the distance and the potential for injury due to the challenging ups and downs.

    Early on in the hike we saw lots of hikers. All of them only hiking up about 2 miles to the Flag and then turning back. Seems that is a popular hike and I would consider it moderate. Beyond that, we saw no one hiking on the trail.

    At the peak there was a large group that came up the Los Pinos Peak Trail. They were headed to the camp ground for the night and then on to other peaks.

    If you want the challenge and you are up for a strenuous hike this it. Just make sure you have others with you and you know what you are getting into. Bring lots of water. I carry 6 litters on most of my hikes. The conditions for us were cool, but I still drank about 3.5 litters. Bring lots of energy snacks and a lunch. This hike will drain your reserves! Happy Trails and Safe Hiking!

    Philip Yoho reviewed Stonewall Peak Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Easy day today in the snow. There was about 4 to 6 inches. Most of the trail was packed down and easy to follow. I wish I had brought my microspikes though. The final ascent to the peak was very icy and I wouldn't recommend anyone (without spikes or crampons) attempt to climb the stairs. Non the less I had a fun hike and ended up with 4.02 miles. Next time I will have my microspikes and plan to complete the entire loop and not just the out and back.

    Philip Yoho reviewed Cuyamaca Peak Loop

    over 1 year ago

    Great hike today! About an inch of snow and 35 degrees. I ended up with 8.48 miles on this trail. took a wrong turn and lost some elevation that I had to gain back. Beautiful weather today. Clear blue skies, icy and snowy trees. I will definitely come back for more whether in the winter or summer.

    Philip Yoho reviewed Echo Mountain via Sam Merrill Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Today I hiked with the Hike Beyond the Hills Crew. We hiked the Sam Merrill Trail to Echo Mountain and then continued up to Inspiration Point making this an 11.95 mile hike with an elevation gain of 3389'. This was the groups second annual Santa Hat Hike. Fun day and great hiking.

    Philip Yoho reviewed Monserate Mountain Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Absolutely love this trail as a local training trail. You can hike it, run it or bike it. Today I took some family friends on a nice easy stroll. Then we had Nessy Burgers!

    Philip Yoho reviewed Telegraph Peak via Manker Flat and Baldy Notch

    over 1 year ago

    What an awesome hike today. Proud to have joined Lesley and other SoCal Hikers for a Memorial Hike in honor of Craig Cambras. Beautiful day for this hike.

    Philip Yoho reviewed Stonewall Peak Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Philip Yoho completed Stonewall Peak Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Philip Yoho reviewed Skyline Trail (Cactus to Clouds)

    almost 2 years ago

    I completed a partial recon hike during daylight hours just to become familiar with the trail prior to hiking it on the 23rd. I stepped off at about 0700, it was already almost 80 degrees. I hiked up 4 miles just a bit short of the 4300ft marker. I had a map that showed distances to specific markers on the trail. I found that none of the distances on the map matched my GPS. For example, Rescue 1 is marked as being 2.1 miles. My GPS had it at 2.6. Based on the time it took to get to it, I am inclined to say that the GPS has the correct distance. It got hot really quickly and the heat (up 95) took its toll during my 8 mile out and back. There were more people on the trail than I expected. Most of them just hiking in a short distance, and others doing some trail running. Neither going up to the top. If you attempt to hike this make certain you are prepared and you start early. We are starting at 0315, next week.

    Philip Yoho reviewed Skyline Trail (Cactus to Clouds)

    almost 2 years ago

    What an awesome challenge! You must be in shape and experienced before attempting this hike. If you have never hiked this trail before, I strongly recommend doing a daylight pre-hike first. I hike the first four miles up the week before our Sunday hike, just so I could become a little familiar with the trail prior to starting off in the dark at 0315 Sunday. It is pretty easy to get turned around on the trail. Especially in the dark. Our starting weather was perfect. About 70/75 degrees. The temps went up a little, but by the time we were at 6000ft, we had easily beaten the heat of the desert and the temps started going down. When we made it to the peak it was raining, the winds were about 30/35mph and the temps were around 35 degrees with the wind chill factor. Make sure you have a map and compass, and a GPS tracking device. There were about three or four other groups doing C2C today as well. We played leap frog with one of them most of the way up. I took 6 liters of water and was down to my last half liter when we finished. I also used electrolyte tablets twice during the hike.

    Philip Yoho completed Skyline Trail: Cactus to Clouds

    almost 2 years ago

    Philip Yoho reviewed Heaton Flat Trail to Iron Mountain

    about 2 years ago

    Great trail recon today up the Heaton Flat Trail to just beyond the Allison Mine Trail (except the last two miles). I started out from the parking lot at 0645. It was about 55'. At 2.5 miles in it climbed to 69'. I covered the 4.98 miles up in just under 3 hours. The first 3 miles were pretty easy. From mile 3 to 4 is where you just go up and down, and up and down. Take some elevation from the mountain and then give some back. Not too bad though. Mile 4 to 5 is where the challenge began. The 60 and 70 degree grades showed up. There was a little bit of scrambling up rock and dirt too. I stopped just before the saddle. My goal today was to hike to the Allison Mine Trail. It was 85' by this point. Spent about 45 minutes resting, eating and taking pictures. Then I headed down! The first mile down is a slow process. At mile 7.86 the temp was 100'. By the time I got to mile 3 going down, I felt great and was moving at a pretty good pace. Not smart! Just under 2 miles and past the wilderness sign, I slipped and rolled my ankle. Needless to say I slowed way down. I waited to ice and wrap it until I got back to the car because I didn't want linger and let it get stiff. Yes I carry a wrap and ice with me on all hikes. Second time in a month I've had to use them too. Once for me (today) and once for a young lady who twisted her ankle coming down San Jacinto. Anyway, my total time for the hike (including breaks, lunch and pictures was 6 hrs 50 min. Total hiking time was 5 hrs 42 min. It was 95' when I finished at 1335. I'm guessing the final 2 miles to the peak would have taken about an hour each and have about a 2500 foot elevation gain. I carried 6.5 liters of water and drank 3.5 liters. Two of those were 16oz bottles with electrolytes. Glad I hiked it, but hoping I'll be ready and healed for Oct 8 when I go to the top of Iron Mountain with a fellow hiker.

    Philip Yoho reviewed Icehouse Canyon to Cucamonga Peak Trail

    about 2 years ago

    This was my fourth time this year up Icehouse Canyon and second time to Cucamonga Peak. The first time there was too much ice and snow beyond the Icehouse Saddle, so we went to Timber Peak instead. Second time, I took the Chapman Trail. It was cold and windy and the rain was coming. I made it about 1.5 miles past Cedar Glen and decided to turn back. The trail was narrow and I could see what was beyond a turn. The wind was about 25-30 miles an hour and I didn't want to chance getting blown off balance and falling down a very steep grade. Third time was a charm. Straight up Icehouse Canyon and to Cucamonga Peak. Number four was today. I hike with a hiking group that was completing the Six-Pack of Peaks today on Cucamonga Peak. (I completed that last Sunday by hiking San Jacinto) Today was to support their efforts and for me to settle a score with the Chapman Trail. Myself and two others started early (in the dark) completed the Chapman Trail and met the rest of our group at the saddle. They hiked up Icehouse Canyon. We then summited together. The Chapman Trail adds about three miles to the hike. So, we ended up with about 14.65 miles and 4273 feet in elevation gain. Over all today was a great hike. Weather was perfect. Upper 50's when we started and about 70 when we peaked. A word of advice though, if you decided to take the Chapman Trail, wear long pants and a long sleeve shirt. I was glad I did!

    Philip Yoho reviewed San Jacinto Peak from The Tramway

    about 2 years ago

    This was a great day for hiking. The weather was perfect. I purchase my Tram ticket online. I was disappointed that I could only get a 0900 tram time. I showed up early to the station and was in line at 0700 to see if they would bump my tram time to 0800 (first tram of the day). I normally start my hikes right at sunrise, so even 0800 was a late start for me. They gladly changed my time to 0800. Come to find out only 10% of the tram tickets are sold in advance. Ninety percent are sold the day of. The trail was crowded. Lots of people taking advantage of the holiday weekend to visit San Jacinto State Park, the Tram Station and the restaurants. I was really surprised at how many people (non-hikers) were at the Tram Station when we finished the hike. It was crowded!! However, my hats off to the Tram Staff, they ran a very smooth operation getting people down. We only had to wait about 20 or 30 minutes. Considering the amount of people there were, I thought that was pretty awesome. Lastly, I wanted one of the burgers served at the restaurant however, I felt a bit dirty and under dressed to eat there. Opted for a French dip and fries from the café (not bad). I did find out later that if you order a drink from the bar, you can also order food from the restaurant and a have it served to your table. Next time!

    Philip Yoho completed San Jacinto Peak from The Tramway

    about 2 years ago

    Philip Yoho reviewed Monserate Mountain Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Today was probably my 6th time on this trail. I wanted a short, but challenging hike and Monserate didn't let me down. I ended up with a total of 4.33 miles today,. Of course you can do a lot of things on this hike to change the distance and the challenge. Only 2.33 miles to the top at 1570ft elevation; however, the elevation gain going up was 1523ft. The start point is at about 400ft. The weather was perfect, I had my "10 Essentials and beyond", and I carried 6 liters of water for added weight. This is excellent training for more challenging hikes. Next up for me is San Jacinto tomorrow to complete the So Cal Hiker 6 Pack of Peaks Challenge and the 52 Hike Challenge. Personal celebration coming tomorrow.

    Philip Yoho reviewed Nighthawk Trail to Black Mountain Summit

    about 2 years ago

    Nice, short and sweet 4 mile out and back. Good for a quick training hike with a weighted pack. Several very rocky spots. I wouldn't recommend tennis shoes. I started at 0700. There were a lot of people hiking, walking, running and riding on the trails. Bust Sunday morning.

    Philip Yoho reviewed Orosco Truck Trail

    about 2 years ago

    I set out today to hike 10 miles. When all was said and done I completed 13.5 in 4 hours and 19 minutes. The hike begins with a decent down into Boden Canyon. The trail follows the canyon for about 3.7 miles. This is a pretty easy trek with very little elevation gain. At this point you can continue on or turn east on the Draco Truck Trail which takes you up to Orosco Ridge. Be careful, the turn meets the trail like an upside down Y so it is easy to walk right past it. I did for about a 1/4 mile when I stopped to check my map and GPS and realized I went too far.You turn east, but you actually turn southeast. I hit my 5 mile mark while I was still going up, so I decided to press on. At the 7 mile mark I ended up at a little flat area where the trail makes a sharp turn west and then northwest. This is about a mile short of where the trail connects with the Guejito Truck Trail. I started early (0600) so I could avoid the heat of the day. Bring lots of water. I had 5 liters and drank about 3, but its always better to have more than you need.

    Philip Yoho completed Orosco Truck Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Philip Yoho reviewed Clevenger Canyon-San Pasqual North Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Great trail for a conditioning hike. Not too difficult at all. I started at 0600 and logged almost 5 miles on this trail. went up quickly and then walked and ran my way down. Great views of the valley and of the South Trail just across the hwy. I hiked the South Trail last week and being able to see the trail and the ridge from the opposite side gives you a bit of perspective of where you were and where you traveled to and from.

    Philip Yoho reviewed Mule Hill Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Back on this trail for a second time in about a week. Took my 9 year old with me for a short 2.25 mile walk and history lesson. We then headed to Kit Carson Park for some additional father daughter time.

    Philip Yoho reviewed Rattlesnake Peak Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Wow for me! What an amazing challenge. Trina's comments below are right on the money. All I would add, is to make sure you are physically and mentally prepared for this. I drank 48oz of water (w/electrolytes) from the time I got up (0230) to the time I hit the trailhead. I stepped of at 0600 to avoid a lot of the heat that I knew was coming later in the day. I was 63 degrees at that point. I carried 5 liters of water with me and on the last mile down I drank my last 16oz. I was thankful that I had more water on ice in the car. It took me 7hrs 38mins to complete this 9.25 mile hike. The late morning temp at the peak was 90 degrees and the early afternoon temp when I reach my car was 105 degrees. I too have completed the Six Pack of Peaks (minus San Jacinto, doing that on in two weeks), as well as, 46 other hikes and this is certainly the toughest so far.

    Philip Yoho completed Rattlesnake Peak Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Philip Yoho reviewed Clevenger Canyon South West Trail

    about 2 years ago

    The sign at the trailhead says South Trail, so that's what I will call it. I ended up hiking 6.57 miles in 2 hrs 47 min (hiking time) with a total elevation gain of 1819'. I stepped off at about 7am the temp was 64'. I finished my hike at 10am and the temp was now 94'. Bring lots of water and snacks for this moderate hike. You are exposed most of the time. Also, wear long pants and long sleeves, especially if you decide to take the SW trail. About 6/10s of a mile in there is a fork in the trail with a marker that that gives you the option of continuing SE or taking the trail on the right SW. If you are adventurous and want the challenge of busting the brush go SW. From the trailhead to the end of trail sign it is only 1.5 miles. Just before the End Trail sign there is a viewpoint. Hidden between the rocks at the viewpoint is an ammo. Open it up and sign in! From here I headed back down to the fork and took the SE trail. You will be rewarded with some awesome views, a short cruise along the ridge, and a set of chairs that have been concreted on top of a huge boulder. Take the time to circle around the back of the boulder, climb the wooden stairs, take a seat and just take it in. You won't regret it! This was a fun training hike for me.

    Philip Yoho completed Clevenger Canyon South West Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Philip Yoho reviewed Mule Hill Trail

    about 2 years ago

    This trail was rated as easy and it certainly was. My goal was to hike quickly along the trail to the Raptor Ridge View Point. Out and back I logged 10.81 miles in 3 hrs 33 min, taking time for lots of stops to take pictures and read about Mule Hill and town of Bernardo. As others have stated this trail is very flat. My entire elevation gain today was 903'. The majority of that coming about a half mile or so from Raptor Ridge View Point. There were lots of benches and picnic tables along the trail. I really enjoyed the history lesson at provided about one mile in. I plan to take my 9 year old on a two mile out and back (for the history) then stop at the farmers market which I think opens at about 10 am on Saturday. This is a great family outing/picnic place.