Viejas Mountain Trail - South Approach

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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
2060 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
3 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.

hiking
9 months ago