Kwaay Paay Peak Trail

MODERATE 529 reviews

Kwaay Paay Peak Trail is a 2.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Santee, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
843 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

rocky

2 days ago

Love this hike, never crowded, and although it's short it's pretty steep in a couple spots making it a challenge if you run it.

hiking
5 days ago

This was a nice hike. It ended up being harder than I expected due to the steep incline that does not let up. Great views and not to busy.

hiking
6 days ago

Definitely the worst hike of the 5 peak challenge. Kwaay Paay is deceptively short, making you think it's going to just be a quick jaunt. Once you get into the thick of it, however, you realize you are in a straight uphill battle. The path is very steep with a load of loose rocks that threaten to send you careering back to the bottom. You spend most of the time staring at the ground instead of at the stellar views around you.
It's not a terrible hike, it just needs to get rid of those rocks.

hiking
7 days ago

Ok trail

14 days ago

This trail is not a moderate hike! It may be short (1.08 miles) but it is very narrow and steep. That is why the sign at the trailhead ranks it difficult. Not only is it very steep but also rocky and slippery, making it extremely dangerous. The trail is in very poor condition and in need of repair. The view at the top is spectacular as promised, the only redeeming value of this hike.

15 days ago

Steep, but well worth the view at the top.

hiking
20 days ago

The view from the summit is great and on a clear day like today you can see the whole coast! The rest of the trail is fairly uneventful though. It could have been the heat, but everyone I saw going up (including myself) seemed to be struggling a bit since it’s nonstop steep uphill. I’ll definitely do it again, but when it’s not pushing 90 degrees!

hiking
21 days ago

Cool little hike. Good elevation and incline. Will get you sweating in no time. Great view from the top.

hiking
21 days ago

Beautiful trail that lets you see as far out as Coronado. Similar view to Cowles, but without the traffic. Short but very steep. Quick way to get a good hike in!

hiking
22 days ago

Steep near the summit but short

23 days ago

myself and my four-year-old son our first time we crushed it!

hiking
28 days ago

Short and great hike. But as some has mentioned, very steep in some areas. View is spectacular.

1 month ago

Short but intense hike! Very steep in some areas, but overall a great workout!

1 month ago

nice quick hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Did this hike on a Sunday morning, it's a short hike but it's very steep. Incline made my calves burrrnn but it was a good hike! Get there early, parking could be difficult.

hiking
1 month ago

Wasn’t expecting it to be so steep. Great workout though!

hiking
1 month ago

Short hike but you’re going uphill for 95% of the hike. Be careful as it can be slippery!

hiking
1 month ago

Great little workout! Pretty steep, with some slippery parts, but worth it. My pup loved it, saw quite a few other dogs on the trail too.

1 month ago

Quick hike with a steep elevation gain. Good trail for training.

hiking
1 month ago

Short but very very steep. Pretty difficult climb but it's over quickly and is a really good workout in a short distance. Much less crowded trail in Mission Trails Park than Cowles Mt so it's nice for some solitude.

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