San Ysidro Mountain via Panorama Overlook Trail

HARD 7 reviews

San Ysidro Mountain via Panorama Overlook Trail is a 8.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Desert Sands Mobile Home Park, California that offers scenic views and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from October until March.

DISTANCE
8.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4,491 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

over grown

rocky

scramble

off trail

no dogs

hiking
7 months ago

This hike was challenging. I did Cactus to Clouds a couple of weeks ago, and although it wasn't quite that challenging, it was still a very difficult trek. I did not greatly enjoy this hike. Once the "trail" ends, you are basically boldering and avoiding cacti the entire rest of the way. I was stopping every 10 minutes to visually navigate the austere terrain in front of me to find the safest and "clearest" route. This is not a hike I would suggest doing by yourself. It's dangerous, and because of the incline and obstacle ridden terrain, one step could lead to a significant injury, or worse, death. I never felt completely unsafe, but there were moments I felt anxiety, which didn't allow me to relax and appreciate it as much. The summit is nice, but there are challenging trails that offer similar or better views of the same thing, but without the bushwacking experience.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Dude holy bleep

hiking
Monday, May 29, 2017

Just completed it today. Amazing views, worth the hike. Definitely bring tons of water, frog togs, etc. Did the hike in about 105-110 but don't regret it. Mostly worth it for the pure solitude. The odds of you coming across another person on this hike are slim to none. Just take your time and make sure you have shoes with good traction. Lots of sharp drop offs on narrow trails with uneven rock beds. If you love peace and solitude, do this hike!

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Did this climb yesterday and boy was it fun. Didn't choose the greatest day for it, was sunny in Borrego and sleeting up top. Took 5 hours to go up and down, which is a lot quicker than the estimate this app said. Still plan for a whole day and come prepared though. It was cactus and agave dodging the whole way with big boulders that don't make it any easier. Easy navigation however, I was in the clouds and couldn't see more than a hundred yards and it was still a breeze.

hiking
Sunday, December 18, 2016

This may very well be the toughest hike in San Diego County. Brutal uphills, basically 90% cross country route, lots of class 3 rock scrambling, yucca and cactus to tear you up the entire time. The summit is worth the effort, and the sense of accomplishment you get from this hike is amazing. Come prepared and expect to be there most of the day. Water, poles, all good stuff.

hiking
4 months ago