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18 hours ago

Did this one twice. Once in the snow, once in blistering heat. Both times were a blast! The stairway to the summit is the coolest part. Be careful up there if it's iced over. Slip under that railing and you're gonna slide down 1,200 vertical feet. Despite being forested, there's not much shade. So take necessary steps to protect from the sun, it's surprising how hot it gets in this area in the summer. You'd think the higher elevation would make it cooler, but don't underestimate it. Great views, and challenging enough as a day hike. Worth the drive!

Good short trail even on a hot day. New growth from winter rains provide a little shade. Flying termite ants were swarming at the peak so I wasn't able to sit and enjoy the view. Bring water.

5 days ago

I just had a GREAT experience on this trail. Easy to find, beautiful views, few people out. The best part was the Julian Blues festival in the valley below. Such a treat for this hike. You are super exposed on the first part of the hike so I was really struggling with the heat and the incline is steep. Other than that it was great. I'll be back on a cooler day.

it was a really nice and easy hike! it is absolutely gorgeous and is mostly covered by shade and a nice breeze! the only thing is the trail is very thin in most spots and is quite overgrown around it. so if you were are wearing shorts, plants will constantly be brushing against your legs, but i would say it is totally worth because of the view!!

11 days ago

Paid $3 for parking. Trail not for kids. steep incline. Nice views. Due to fires, trail was a bit obstructed.

A friend and I thoroughly enjoyed this hike. There's a moderate incline on the way up that provides some good cardio but nothing too strenuous. The trail is wide and in good condition. Views along the way and at the top are beautiful. Will definitely plan to hike this one again.

My first hike in San Diego! It did not dissappoint! Fun day of adventure with my gyspy friends! Blake, David and Debbie!

13 days ago

One of my favorite hikes because the views are beautiful. The climb is pretty easy and the trail is well marked, with vantage points for great photos.