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This is what I refer to as a "Shopping Mall Hike". If you want some serenity, go at 6am on a weekday. Otherwise you'll be surrounded by bobbleheads the whole time. The added benefit however, if you go during the on-peak hours, is to feast your eyes on all the college student eye candy :) If you want to do a real summit trek though, go for the Fortunas a few clicks northwest.

Long, tedious, and boring walk through the woods and grassy meadows to a most epic waterfall. Totally worth it, though next time I'd definitely pick a trailhead closer to the falls themselves. It rivals 3 Sisters in awesomeness, without the white knuckle drive and precarious descent/ascent. If you want to take someone to a waterfall that doesn't have the agility to do the ones out east, this is the spot. If you're with someone who's coordinated, go for a little bouldering jaunt from the top of the falls down to the bottom. Loads of fun. On the weekends I'm sure there's tons of dudes flying past on mountain bikes at mach 10, so I'd pick an off peak time to go, if you march the whole thing out and back from Black Mountain Road. Enjoy!

When I got to the park I decided to do the San Diego River trail. It was pretty mellow. The sign said it was a moderate trail, but I'd consider this one easy in compare to other hikes I've done. The trail doesn't have an end of the trail sign so I kept on hiking until I found myself in a residential area where cars were driving a few feet away from me. So be careful if you do decide to do this trail. I bumped into other hikers who told me were a little lost bc the signs were a lil misleading.

Fun hike. Took us 60 minutes on the dot. Lots of rock formations, so wear well tread shoes. Saw a rattle, to be expected. The top is a good hang out spot with lots of areas to relax, have a snack, look at views. Many will bring water and leave it up at the top for dogs. There are bathrooms at the trailhead and a very small parking lot. You can find a spot on the road.

This trail is not what I expected. It is a great challenge.

walking
4 days ago

I love everything about this trail. Once you make it up the big hill, there are several paths you can take. A real scenic route. You'll end up on the beach and can walk back to your starting point. Lots of places to stop and take pictures too.

Its nice hike! Good for beginners!