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Total hike round trip is about 6 hours. The first part of the hike is mild until you get to the electric tower and then you start the climb up. The trail becomes harder to see as you will need rock climbing skills. This hike doesn’t require climbing gear but climbing experience will help. Very difficult but fun and the views are amazing. We will be doing this trail many more times to further explore other climbing areas.

Went the wrong way like a dope. Did discover two very nice climber's routes though. Got soaked in the rain too. I'll be back for the real trail. Gorgeous hiking and no one around really. Much prettier than the typical way up El Cap.

10 days ago

Make sure you wear pants and long sleeves! very overgrown and I made the mistake of wearing shorts. plus I hiked with my 3 year old in his carrier and still had to tell him to cover his face from the branches they were so big. steep incline in the beginning and very rocky so be careful. when you get to a plateau you'll see rocks to the right directing you to go down to the left. small path since part was washed out. met some ladies on the trail they told me there was a barbed wire fence but to walk a couple steps past to get around it they put cairns up to mark. you'll go thru a field and start going up and fairly steep but really sandy trail. at the top you'll see the cross and you can stop here or like we did keep going! right after the cross begins the ascent to the peak. it gets really overgrown here. a couple of cairns to guide you but the trail is pretty easy to see more so for the way down. at the top there is a marker and you can see a metal rod sticking out of some rocks. cool views. can still see the surrounding neighborhood. our favorite part was all the different beautiful butterflies at the peak and a geo cache jar. ps talked to a really nice ranger there and he actually warned me part of the trail is state managed land so technically were not supposed to hike on it so keep that in mind when you go fair warning

1 month ago

A lot of switchbacks up and down that give a solid workout.

I loved this hike! It starts out with a steep fire road that is nothing spectacular scenery wise but is a great booty burner. You get to the top of that and it’s single track hiking the rest of the way. Views are incredible and the closer you get to the peak the more steep and technical it gets. At the top there are big boulders to climb on and we found a geocaching jar which was neat to add our names to. It’s not well traveled which is awesome, we only saw one other person the whole time! You do need $3 to park in the lot below the trail. I will be back!

2 months ago

Nice cool breeze coming out of the lower end of the Flume Tunnel which is a welcome treat going up, or down! Locate the tunnel between the two sets of switchbacks ~half way.

We saw many small lizards but no snakes; nonetheless, keep your wits as instructed by the signage.

The end of this trail is somewhat disappointing, but it does provide a view of the ocean over one of the houses.

Overall this is a great hike where you can see beautiful flora, and fauna, as well as a few historical structures while also working on cardio, and your leg muscles!

on Flume Trail

2 months ago

Snakes galore. Few mountain cats in the evening. Great views!

radical. difficult

3 months ago

The weather was beautiful, partly cloudy, saving me from walking in the direct sun all day. The walking was fairly easy through the many burned areas while the numerous fire-breaks served as ready-made trails. I did not see any wildlife, but I did see many deer and other hoofed tracks. The trail head is actually in the back of Flinn Springs County Park, but I entered crossing the creek near the Old Highway 80/I-8 overpass. Along the way, I found a 12 ft. wooden cross perched on a rock facing south-east and a geocache on the Flinn Peak Summit with quite a few log entries. Beautiful, beautiful views to the north.

Stellar hike with great views throughout the trip. Not for the weak or the broke. Most satisfying route to the top

climbed some rocks, saw some gliders, conquered some summits

This trail offers a more direct path to the top of El Cajon Mountain. It involves climbing the south ridge of the mountain and walking a path to the peak. Climbing the ridge is the hardest part about this trail and the climbing gets harder as you approch the top of the ridge. Once on top its smooth sailing to the peak. I did not need to use any rope. wear pants because the trail up the ridge is filled with razor grass and other sharp pants

6 months ago

Lots of switchback and interesting history. Watch out for snakes.

This is a dangerous trail for mountain bikes. But great steep incline. The trail has a ton loose rocks and dirt. Should only be a hiking trail.

8 months ago

parked cars at either end and hiked the trail going towards el Monte park. very nice trail pretty views of the valley.

Really enjoyed the sound of the horses neighing while going up and finding new treasures.

8 months ago

Used 2 cars with a buddy and started from the top so all downhill for us. hike it when it's cooler. More enjoyable. The flume has an interesting history. read about it.

9 months ago

At El Monte Park there was no place to park until after 8 AM including beside the road as that was all posted as no parking. There is one parking lot across the road from the park which was free once the gate was opened. The trail was well maintained and was an actual foot trail; not an abandoned road called a trail. The beginning is a fairly steep grade that switchbacks. There is a historic marker at about 1 mile. A nice view of a tunnel used as part of the flume system there. I went up to the summit and continued until the trail ended at Creek Hills Rd. among new gigantic houses. An earlier start could be made from this point as there are no gates. I went back to the first historic marker and followed the trail westbound, where the flume actually ran. I saw two more historical markers then the trail is overgrown, but easy to find. I continued quite a ways then returned by the same route for a total distance of 9.5 miles. An interesting hike and the section following the route of the flume was mostly flat, easy walking. The trail to the summit has great views of the area. A very pleasant, peaceful area and the historical marker are interesting.

11 months ago

Fun little trail with an interesting history.
Convenient parking and notes on the history along the trail.
Rated "moderate" for the switchbacks at the beginning which get the heart rate going. After that it's pretty flat and narrow.
Very nice views and you can hook into the Lake Jennings loop at the top.
Wild flowers are everywhere right now!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

This is a great trail. We had little ones with us so we only did the first hill. The trail takes you up 1 hill, down that and then up a much bigger one. Next time we will leave the littles and complete the whole trail. Clearly marked, good path, and still a good challenge. Really nice wild flowers. Highly recommend this.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Went with a large group of people a few days after rain, so the park was very green! Clear, well-marked trail made it easy to navigate all the way to the road (Creek Hills Rd). Moderate hike with lots of smaller, less-traveled trails made it easy to explore the area. Some cool historical significance on this trail - the remnants of a flume (an aqueduct) are at the bottom of the valley, almost at the halfway point from the road. It was used to transport water to San Diego!

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