Sweetwater Reservoir to Cactus Hill

MODERATE 14 reviews

Sweetwater Reservoir to Cactus Hill is a 5.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bonita, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

5.1 miles
757 feet

dog friendly

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running


horseback riding



wild flowers


A great hike close to town but with the wide open spaces and views most hikers crave. The trail starts at the Sweetwater County Park and parking for day use is free. While you feel like you're close to an urban environment (highway buzz and planes overhead), you can hear the birds chirping, cawing, and screeching and see spring flowers in full bloom! The trail is pretty easy to navigate and you can make this an out-and-back trip if you'd prefer. The summit of cactus hill is a good place to start heading back, or you can continue on to make it an 8 miler. The top of cactus hill has a nice picnic table and good views all the way out to the Pacific.

6 days ago

Beautiful hike when you get to the wooded areas, stream and pond. Take the pup only if it's cool outside.

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4 months ago

Went on a Monday and there wasn't a lot of traffic. Good views, make sure to bring enough water.

4 months ago

5 months ago

Pretty easy with a few short climbs. Boring at the start, but good views one in the hills and at the end.

trail running
5 months ago

6 months ago

Fun hike that isn't too hard. Very few people. Good for getting out of the house.

8 months ago

Nice view, no crowd at all (hardly saw 4 others during the entire hike), good mix of flat and moderately steep climb.
Not many signs so bit confusing without all trail maps and parking is bit tricky if you come early in the morning as you will need to park inside the camp site.

9 months ago

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Had a good time on this hike. Went after work and didn't quite make the whole trip had to cross the end section because of lack of daylight. Leave yourself plenty of time for this hike. Good workout!