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Great workout beautiful views

Great Trail! Almost no people.

Crowded, but good workout

Great trail lost to see and if you like some rocky obstacles at the end this is the trail for you.

4 days ago

Not very fun when it's busy. Too many bros with music. Nice views, but it's almost better on a full moon, hardly need flashlight then.

Good trail, but the pathway is not so clear all the way!

Great hike, brought our dog and I know he had a great time. A bit too busy for my taste but great to see more people going out to hike. Pretty steep incline, bring plenty of water!!

5 days ago

Good hike and away from the crowds at Cowles. Moderate hike and highly recommend. Just over 2 hours from start to finish.

Shortcuts to black’s beach

5 days ago

Gorgeous after a light rain that made the steeper slopes less slippery.

Short hike, not much elevation gain. Making it a good start for people who are well out of shape. Also just a nice stroll through some nature. Probably go back for some trail running

Solid hike - great incline and switchbacks. But SUPER trafficked and populated. It’s hard to break through the crowd.

Okay hike and, yes, heavily trafficked.
Lots of the terrain was burnt from the fire, so longs of darkened soil and lifeless plants, a bit sad.

Ted Williams trail is preferably for mountain bikes since this trails has no fire roads and mostly single tracks. Hiking is also good all the way to the top of Van Dam Peak about 1.5 miles overlooking parts of Poway.

Take note if you are going to hike at this trails please do NOT walk up or down to the downhill sections of the trail (mainly on the SOUTH side) there are areas that are very steep, loose and hard to walk down to. Also there are mountain bikers going downhill very fast. Lets keep it safe for everyone.

Overall this trail is great for both Hiking and Mountain biking.

nice hike a lot to see. not mush shade. pack list should have at least 3L of water. have fun pack out what you pack in. animals welcome watch out for snakes

8 days ago

Southern access to Van Dam Peak from Sabre Spring Park and Savannah Terrace. Trail head is a little obscured due to exposed dirt slope however becomes clear once you get past the concrete irrigation berm. Trail is dirt with a few steep rocky slopes. Rated as moderate because they were only a couple and relatively short. Panoramic views from peak. Old fire watch tower slab remains.

8 days ago

Fun easy morning trail

This trail was wonderful! May have got turned around, but the view was prettier with each turn. Bring extra water and the power lines can be used as a landmark to keep you on your path!

Great hike, great view, but heavily trafficked.

Beautiful views...moderately steep and rocky on the way up but nice downhill .

fun challenging trail. one of the longer funnier trails in mission trails park. bring some water and have fun the rocks at the end can be a burn.

Wide open spaces. This is a very leisurely walk.

Great hike! Just heavily trafficked. Only reason this trail gets a 4 Star. Hiking isn’t as adventurous when you have to wait at the switchbacks to let traffic pass through.

I did this hike on a Tuesday afternoon and the trail was pretty empty. It's a great hike in the middle of the city. The first half is fairly flat with a few optional side trails, and the second half was full of some steep and challenging hills with great views from the top.

As many others said in the previous reviews a lot of people don’t know how to stay in their lane whether it’s going uphill or downhill. Definitely a steep trail but overall doable with a good amount of water and snacks.

15 days ago

Great short hike for family/kids. Did this hike a few weeks ago with a friend trying to get some sunset photos from the summit. Took us roughly 30 mins to summit. Usually very crowded and a lot of amplified music. From the summit you get a great cityscape of San Diego and the ocean along with views of mountains on the opposite side.

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Cannot beat the view

It's been several years since I visited this trail and now I remember why. The trail was full of runners and packs of cyclists so most of our morning was spent trying to get out of their way as they came passed. We started before 8:00am and there were already a lot of people on the trail. If you are looking for peace and quiet, I do not recommend this hike.

When I was younger it was better. Way too many people now and amplified music is annoying

Good nature walk

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