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on Eagle Rock via the PCT

5 hours ago

Did this trail today, a beautiful clear Sunday. What an awesome hike! Arrived around 11am and there were about 20-30 cars already parked along the sides of the road. It definitely wasn't crowded though. We've been wanting to hike on the PCT "someday" and this is a great hike to accomplish that on. Well marked & maintained trail. Beautiful scenery that changes from a tree-canopied creekside path for the first mile and half or so, to rolling grass fields until you arrive at Eagle Rock. On the hike back we saw a couple groups of people on horseback. It seemed to go much quicker on the way back. Roughly 3hrs round trip including about 20min taking pix at Eagle Rock. We stopped at Lake Henshaw (like 10min away on the road back) to eat and it hit the spot! Great service and generous portions. Definitely recommended!

I started this hike around noon on Sunday, which was perfect timing. If you're using Google Maps, type in San Juan Loop trail head to get to the parking lot. Once parked, cross the street to the candy store and on your right, will be the Bear Canyon trail head.

Trail is super well maintained and not too hard. Pretty easy to follow since there's white sticks that points you to Four Corners, then a sharp right to Sitton Peak. You'll know when you're close to the peak when you enter a very steep trail on your right. This trail is VERY steep and I suggest trekking poles if you have some - it'll make your life much easier going up and especially down. However, still very possible without them.

The view at the top was amazing. I would highly recommend this trail.

This was a really nice hike about 1 hour out of San Diego and really easy acesss to the trailhead, I actually went to Foster Point then followed the PCT to Monument Peak a little back tracking but turned out to be a nice way to add more milage to the hike :)

12 days ago

I love this hike. The first part isn't actually that interesting, to me, but once you get to the top portion and start climbing up rocks it's really, really fun. And the cave is amazing! The second time I went I took a friend and he did not like the cave part, it made him claustrophobic and the wind was mighty that day so it may not be enjoyable to all (but try it for yourself!). I recommend this hike for sure. Also I got lost on the way and had no reception so take some screen shots of your directions.

I almost did not want to post a review because I don't want people to know about this trail. It goes down an old road, but then weaves through the forest and fields. We saw some large mountain lion tracks in the snow which was pretty cool. Along the way there are good views, you can see out to Cuyamaca Peak and Stonewall Peak and beyond.

This trail is pretty flat other than the entrance/exit to the trailhead which is more like a steep animal trail than a hiking trail, if you catch my drift.

Great hike today out to Eagle Rock. It was cool and drizzly, especially in the open areas. Directions on this app were spot on. Took about 2.5 hours at a leisurely pace. Beautiful changes in scenery and topography. Pretty easy hike.

Parking was easy ...not crowded. Dog loved it even got a glimpse of some turkey vultures

16 days ago

Gorgeous at sunset... nice hills!!

It's a light conditioning trail with openness to the ocean.

great hike relatively flat great scenery

21 days ago

Great hike on the easy side of moderate. Great scenery along the whole route and the rock is a perfect backdrop for memorable pictures. Great for kids.
Only word of caution above the usual for SOCAL (heat, plenty of water, snakes) is watch climbing on the granite. It's a very effective skin remover

24 days ago

Very pleasant walk through meadow with spectacular views, multiple trails can be used to create loops of varying length and difficulty.

This was a great hike and was pretty easy overall. I think the key is to go when it is cool out. Had it been summer this would have been a very painful hike. Lots of landscapes and ending at eagle rock is awesome!

Great trail but to echo their reviewers, not a beginners hill. We made it up and down along with a lunch stop near the top in just over 3 hours. Love the signing books up top, cool to see the log over many years.

Just watch for the left turn with the brown metal post we missed it and had to double back.

Great workout, very steep with little flat areas. My favorite part was the lack of people, the various and thriving vegetation, the beautiful view, and little treasures left at the top.

The entrance is a little ways beyond the visitors sign, and it's a small opening in between a fence.

27 days ago

Very easy. Very short.

28 days ago

Short hike down to the “falls”... more like stream, but I’ll take it! Very slippery along the water, even on the dry rocks. Check yourself for ticks after. Found tons on us and the dog. Very nice surroundings and shaded.

great hike! Viejas is one of my favorites and its only 30 mins from my house. first time taking this route. shorter than alternate. pretty rocky and narrow at times. began at 6 am and only ran in to 2 other people on their way down already. someone replaced the small American flag with a nice beautiful new one. the views are incredible at the top there's a rock wall and geo marker with vodkas on it. thank you to whoever did that! easy to follow trail up. its always pretty windy at top so if you're going early in the morning or later in the day layer up. on the way down the trail you'll come to a cleared area with rocks sometimes in different patterns, go right down that hill not straight. I did that then realized I was going the wrong way. oh and the coffee can needs a new notebook ill bring one next time in case someone doesn't.

28 days ago

This is the most physically demanding hike that I have ever done. Now, this means that a) I have not/do not hike all that much and b) I have R.A. & primary lymphedema in both legs so am already dealing w/ some physical things that most people are not. This also means that fully capable individuals have no room to complain here because if I did it, you can too! This hike goes straight up and is rocky and has no shade. However, after turning around and looking out toward the ocean for the first time about 30 minutes into the hike, I was sold. The views while going up as well as from the summit are stunning! Because the terrain did require a lot of attention, I really did not mind that there wasn’t all that much to look at while on the trail since it is pretty right much dirt, rocks, and low dry shrubs. Typical for this area though and did think how scary it would be if a fire came through this area since I felt like I truly wouldn’t be able to navigate out of there at any faster speed than my slow and steady march. Great feeling of accomplishment w/ this venture and literally took about five breaks going up but was fine w/ doing so because of the great vantage points-it’s pretty neat to look down at a plane flying below you! Definitely recommend shoes w/ a decent toe guard and rock plate; there are only about three stretches less than ten feet in length that are relatively rock free; this is far from a relaxing stroll for me at least and I would steer clear any day w/ a high UV Index or if it gets hotter than 75 degrees. In late November there was a nice breeze and the sun wasn’t as searing as other times of the year even though we have had no winter at all so far late 2017/early 2018. Hoping for a cool Spring so trying to squeeze as much inland hiking in while I still can!

Definitely go right towards the fire station to get to the trail. Just FYI...

It’s a really flat and forgiving route with a lot of nice scenery. My buddies and I had a good time. Y’all should check it out!

The amount of washout led to an interesting straddling of the trail in multiple areas. Didn’t see anyone else on the trail (Tue 12-3p). Last climb to summit is slightly overgrown and has potential to get off route. Summit has a nice view of the coast.

Loved it!! But I would say it’s an easy hike rather than moderate.

Pretty exhausting climb. Climbs @ a rate of 1000 ft per mile, steep grade (a total of 1500 ft from trailhead to summit over 1.4 miles). Today, the views were hazy but on clear days you are rewarded with 360 deg views. Rocky outcrop, watch out for loose stones and your knees on the way down. Ideal time to start would be 7:00-7:30am.

Great hike for the kids, water features are always a nice way to take a break halfway through. especially in San Diego where water features are almost nonexistent. Its a pretty gradual descent down into the canyon which flattens out as you get closer to the Pine Valley Creek. We went in the afternoon around 3, which was perfect. Hopefully we get some more rain this year, because I'm planning on a springtime return here. I could see how it could be scorching in this area around summer time, so bring lots of water. Should really call it the Espinosa Trail through Horsethief Canyon.

GREAT payoff hike! The first two miles are a little grueling, but once you get to the last quarter mile of rock scrambling, it's so much fun! When you get to the top of the 2-mile fire road, you will want to hike the trail to the right despite the arrow made of rocks pointing you to the left. Walk until you find the path that heads up into the boulder landscape. It's hard to keep track of the trail, but follow the road more traveled. You will need to follow it around the backside of the highest peak rock to find the ropes that lead you to the cave before climbing out to the top of the rocks...Be okay with heights. Have good arm strength. Bring gloves. DON'T bring your dog. Have fun!

1 month ago

Jamul's best kept secret. Easy hike up a washed out dirt road. Some vertical climbing is required to reach the summit. The views are worth it though. This isn't for those scared of heights. I also summited Gaskill. Trash collected: 5 beer cans, 2 water bottles, and a hand full of rifle shells.

1 month ago

This hike was quite easy to navigate and really beautiful views and landscape. There were some steep spots especially the last Half mile, which was really really steep. The hardest part really was coming back down because it was super slippery. I fell on my ass twice. We took our time on this part, but otherwise not the hike was pretty moderate. We hike a couple adventurous difficult to hard trails a month. My skill level would be classified as good, not great. Just for comparison

1 month ago

It's easy hikes thru til the last section to the Pancake Rocks, almost a vertical climbs "technical" but worth the 360° views. Over all beautiful sceneries with so much less crowds

trail running
1 month ago

Great trails. The big lake has water but the other ones are dry. Wonderful hike/trail run beautiful up here the weather is great.

Had an awesome time on this trail today- took us about 3 hours there and back... we stopped a few times for pictures and had a snack at Eagle Rock. Most beautiful in the morning hours!

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