5 days ago

great hike

Hot hot hot in the summer! Bring lots of water and start early.

This trail can turn into an epic if you ignore the excessive heat warnings. It's quite challenging, especially if you don't carry sufficient water, at least 3 litters per person,can't stress this enough!! Probably best in the spring and fall, avoid summer.

Left at 6am, got to the top at 8am. Gorgeous views, hiking above the clouds in San Diego is quite a treat. Went through 100oz of water. Watch out for the heat. We were back by 10:30am and it was hot!

Beautiful excursion, gorgeous scenery, easy and tiring path, the only negative thing being too high temperatures this season. I recommend bringing water.

This is an amazing hike- very challenging especially in the heat. I have hiked this guy about 6 times now and I always think I have it mastered but just when you think " hey I got this" then el cap bites back!! Seriously tho being at least 100 oz water and snacks salty and I think the best tip I would give is a really simple one: BE MENTALLY PREPARED for this hike it is long and can be demoralizing at times but hey that's what it is all about!

excellent workout, extremely hard hike. we went very early and on the way back my dog almost couldn't finish. Bring lots and lots of water.

2 months ago

Super rough hike. Bring plenty of water and start early. I think I'll only be doing this hike in the cooler months.

trail running
2 months ago

Excellent trail with beautiful views. Hike is strenuous and should be done as early as possible during summertime. Recommend a minimum of 3L of water if you plan on completing the hike. As mentioned by others, the trail parking area opens at 8am, but you can park by the street if you arrive earlier (which I recommend).

Be mindful of wildlife on the trail, I encountered a Speckled Rattlesnake while running, luckily he warned me of his presence so I was able to avoid him. The snakes will not attack unless provoked, so do not attempt to relocate or harm them.

Only hikers/runners with some experience and knowledge of their own abilities should attempt to reach the peak. If you have any question regarding your health and fitness, do not attempt the hike, if you require rescue you are straining local resources, try something easier.