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Very beautiful, but long. especially on a hot day. I hiked it yesterday w a friend and it was in the high 80s which was foolish on our part. We each brought plenty of water, but still ran out and the watering hole at the end was dry as a bone which was so disappointing especially being out of water. I don't know if i need to do this again until spring at least. Early spring when it's in the 70s!!!! Beware.

I hiked this trail on a 90°+ day in late April. The scenery is beautiful. Even in a low rain year, there were a variety of flowers and flowering shrubs throughout the hike. The trail was overgrown in several places and poison oak as high as chest level was encountered along the way. If you hike it north to south, there is a rather steep incline on the last mile of the trail. Other than that, there's not major elevation gain/loss. Take plenty of water and electrolytes if you go on a hot day as much of the trail is exposed and there are no bailout points. Overall a beautiful hike best enjoyed on a cool day.

This hike absolutely kicked my butt and I loved it! That first .75 miles or so is pretty steep with minimal switchbacks.

Parking - we confirmed with a forest ranger (who happened to be just finishing up the hike!) that it is Ok to park at the dead-end at Willows Road. A previous reviewer suggested this might be a private road, but the forest ranger confirmed it's fine.

Trail head - not marked, but starts just behind the "$1000 fine for littering" sign.

Look out for the pink & blue trail markers! Very helpful. I agree with another reviewer who recommended just looking up the hillside if you loose sight of them.

The way down was almost more challenging then the way up due to the loose rocks and steep grade of the hillside. Walking sticks would have been a welcomed addition.

We started early and got out before the heat hit. There is no shade along the way, so be prepared with water and sun screen!

Really did enjoy the challenge of this hike! Looking forward to going back.

This was definitely a moderate hike. challenging towards the end but the view was really nice and worth the hike. only passed 3 people the whole way. if you like solitude there are a lot of options at the top for where you can plant yourself and sit for a few.

The water at the end of the trail was all dried up which as big bummer. Also- while the trail is easy down along the river, I would say it is more moderate to difficult, especially with young children, because it’s straight down and straight back up out of the valley.

We were very disappointed that there wasn’t any water in the canyon. The hike, albeit short, was very steep for about half a mile and our older Labrador had a tough time getting back up. Only ran into a couple other people all afternoon. If there were water, this hike would be great!

hiking
1 month ago

Can’t believe I’ve never heard of this hike it’s stunning the trail it’s self not worn down and full of nature and the views are amazing I caught a stellar sun set on my way down didn’t even see another person on the trail. Loved it.

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty decent walking trail. Mostly flat. You can follow the widest path all the way and stay left the whole time to get to the top of the little hill. Bring water cause it's warm if you go in the middle of the day.

hiking
1 month ago

06/02/2018, we hike this steady uphill trek and instead of out-n-back, we made it a Loop to tallied up 7.57 RT hiking mileage and 1,598’ elevation gains! Saw four (4) crashes vehicles on the mountainside overlooking mighty El Cajon & El Capitan Mountain & Lake! Also, saw & caught/released a garter snake!

hiking
1 month ago

Big fan of this one! It’s challenging and beautiful. The views are amazing. The trail is easy to follow, and it wasn’t too crowded I went on Memorial Day (saw like 5 people). Small convenient parking lot, reminds me of Cowles just.. better

I’d definitely come back, but after some rain. There was almost no water at the end but the rocks were cool. It was a pretty hike and you really feel away from it all. There was no one else on the trail that day which was cool-so quiet, just me and some birds and a snake

You’ll take a dirt road which has a clearing for parking right across from the trailhead. Steep, rocky trail all the way up. Very good workout. Not really any technical areas, but can get a little slick with the slope along with loose dirt and sand. Wasn’t sure what to expect so I wore hiking boots, glad I did, they protected my ankles on a few occasions. Great view of Alpine/ east county at the top. Will be sure to attempt it with my 6 year old!

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike but lots of trails that criss cross back and forth, making it difficult to follow the exact route.

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.

This trail was okay. Not "must do again," but nice enough. I did this trail alone with my dog on a Friday afternoon and there was NOT A SINGLE OTHER SOUL AROUND. Normally I'm happy to find less trafficked trails, but this was creepy since I was by myself!

hiking
1 month ago

Scenic but rocky. Watch your feet. Some graffiti:(

hiking
2 months ago

Very comparable to Cowles Mountain - pretty straight up incline w/ switchbacks. But, absolutely gorgeous view up top. Great, quick hike to knock out.

Real short and easy hike, but beautiful view.

on Roberts Ranch Trail

trail running
2 months ago

I intended to do this as a trail run as it looked easy and flat, and it was actually pretty good for trail running; however there are sections of the trail that basically disappear; or get cut across by jeep tracks; or are otherwise hard to follow. If you look at my recording I look like a drunk person going back & forth across the "trail" trying to find it and go the right direction. I was not expecting a navigational challenge on this route! I was never afraid of being lost; it was pretty wide open and I could hear the freeway.

But it was uncrowded and pleasant. It was fun seeing the bear from Lions, Tigers, and Bears from afar. There were a couple of bow hunters there, and a canine search & rescue team were training - it was a little disconcerting to have a German shepherd run toward me at one point, but I quickly realized he was not interested in me. The "trail" goes through oak trees and along a streambed, and out onto a wide open meadow with cows here and there.

hiking
2 months ago

Do not let others review scare you on trying this trail. I did this this morning and enjoy every minute of it. If you enjoy hiking Cowles mountain like me, yippy will appreciate this trail.

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

Awesome! Just beware...where there is water, there be a-holes

hiking
3 months ago

Fun hike!!! Enjoy!!!

hiking
3 months ago

Did this hike last minute by myself. Great hike! The directions on All Trails doesn’t tell you the exact address of the trailhead. Use Google Maps to get the exact address. Great mountain hike to train for bigger mountain hikes like Mt. Whitney and Mt. Elbert. Very scenic and never crowded which I loved! Be careful going down. A lot of loose rock. Loved seeing the American Flag at the top and sitting on the big rock on the summit admiring the view. Took me about 2.5 hours out and back. Highly recommend this hike!

Parking was easy ...not crowded. Dog loved it even got a glimpse of some turkey vultures

backpacking
4 months ago

Our first overnight backpacking trip and this was a fun one. Starting at the top made for an easier time since most of it was downhill into secret canyon. We camped at mile 6ish and it was not easy to find a spot. Honestly I would say there isn’t really anywhere to camp until about mile 10 or at mile 1.5. Start early day one and make it most of the way, it will make for a better camping location.

walking
4 months ago

Very pleasant walk through meadow with spectacular views, multiple trails can be used to create loops of varying length and difficulty.

Awason 1st time w/my family

Great workout, very steep with little flat areas. My favorite part was the lack of people, the various and thriving vegetation, the beautiful view, and little treasures left at the top.

The entrance is a little ways beyond the visitors sign, and it's a small opening in between a fence.

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