Viejas Mountain Trail - South Approach

HARD 18 reviews
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Viejas Mountain Trail - South Approach is a 4.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Alpine, California that offers scenic views and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2030 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

views

over grown

rocky

no shade

historic site

The fist first 3/4 of a mile is very steep and rocky and a real leg burner. Then it sort of eases up a bit but is still almost all uphill. At 3/4 of a mile up, there's a nice mesa to give you a bit of a break for about 1/4 of a mile, then it's back up you go but the uphill grade is pretty steady from there. When you get to mile 1.95 it's the last steep part for .05 of a mile to the false summit plateau. Then it's .3 of a mile to the true peak of Viejas Mountain where the Benchmark and rock structure is. Max slope grade is 47° and average slope grade is 17°. In some of the steeper sections it's good to have trekking poles to steady yourself on the way down. On this trail you will notice that the mountain is playing tricks with you as it splits and disappears occasionally, but you just stop and look and you will see the trail again, a couple feet to the side. On the way back down you will see the trail in places you missed and if you record tracks you will see the paths differentiate. This is NOT a hike to do when hot as it is complete exposed with no shade.

hiking
2 days ago

No walk in the park with this hike. I could compare it with El Cajon minus the length. This is a butt kicker and you won’t get many flat areas in this hike. It was foggy and cool which it made it comfortable hiking. Can’t imagine doing this hike in hot weather. Hot shot firefighters train here. RESPECT!!!! Great view from top. I bet it would have been better in clear day but nonetheless, epic.

24 days ago

Laguna Hotshots fire crew use this hike for Physical Training. It definitely gets the job done :)

3 months ago

Easy parking off i8. Arrived 930am on a Sunday. I was the only one there . Great incline for leg pump to start for about 25 minutes. Flattens off after for a bit. Trail is reddish clay and rocks. Easy trail to follow. Hike lasted 2.5 hours with a 10min break. Only car there when I left

hiking
4 months ago

Nice variation on this summit if you want to get away from the people and do a cross country route. Steep sections and wash outs galore. Have fun. Better views from the ridgeline as well.

hiking
4 months ago

Great climb right at the start of the hike.

4 months ago

Awesome views on top, some portion of the trails are steep with very loose gravel, a trekking pole is a plus, specially on the way down.

hiking
6 months ago

My dog and I enjoyed it, although it definitely was difficult. And especially at the beginning it was difficult to keep on the trail at times. Pretty overgrown in areas. I suggest long pants! And lots of water, full sun the whole way. Good views at the top!

6 months ago

My dog wanted to turn around so I️ didn’t make it to work b very tip, however beautiful scenery and sounds once you cannot hear the 8.

hiking
11 months ago

This trail is DIFFICULT/Strenuous! First 3/4 of a mile is very steep and rocky and a real leg burner. Then it sort of eases up a bit but is still almost all uphill. At 3/4 of a mile up, there's a nice mesa to give you a bit of a break for about 1/4 of a mile, then it's back up you go but the uphill grade is pretty steady from there. When you get to mile 1.95 it's the last steep part for .05 of a mile to the false summit plateau. Then it's .3 of a mile to the true peak of Viejas Mountain where the Benchmark and rock structure is. Max slope grade is 47° and avg slope grade is 17°. Downhill is also one heck of a workout(maybe more than up) as you are holding yourself UP while stepping downward not to mention you just had the uphill workout as well. In some of the steeper sections it's good to have trekking poles to steady yourself on the way down. On this trail you will notice that the mountain is playing tricks with you as it splits and disappears occasionally, but you just stop and look and you will see the trail again, a couple feet to the side. On the way back down you will see the trail in places you missed and if you record tracks you will see the paths differentiate. Had nice cloud cover today and it actually got a little chilly at times so I had to keep moving. This is NOT a hike to do when hot as it is complete exposed with NO shade at all. The mountain is also said to be haunted.

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Sunday, December 04, 2016