Noble Canyon Trail – Hiking and Finding Relics of the Past in the Laguna Mountains

Noble Canyon Trail

Distance: 13.9 miles | Hiking time: 6 hours | More trail info.

Noble Canyon Trail was named after William Noble, who was an early settler in the area during the 1800s. He was known for his success in the mining industry and his contributions to the local community. The trail was established in the 193…

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Eagle Peak Hike – Heading Out from Three Sisters Falls Trail

Eagle Peak hike

Distance: 4.2 miles | Hiking time: 3 hours | More trail info.

Eagle Peak is a frequently overlooked hike that shares a trailhead with Three Sisters Falls. It has an elevation of 3226’ and is currently ranked 69th on the Sierra Club’s 100 Peaks of San Diego County list.

Trailhead to Eagle Peak Trail

My fr…

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Three Sisters Falls – A Springtime Reunion Waterfall Hike

Three Sisters Falls hike

Distance: 4 miles | Hiking time: 3 hours | More trail info.

Last summer a friend and I decided to hike Three Sisters Falls. We chose the absolute worst time of year to make the trek and we were disappointed, but not surprised, to find that the falls were dry. At the time, I was less than impressed with my ex…

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Grapevine Mountain Hike – Going Off-Trail from the PCT in Anza Borrego

Grapevine Mountain Hike

Distance: 6.25 miles | Hiking time: 4-5 hours | More trail info.

John, a friend I met on Instagram (@adventuregraham), asked me to join him on the Grapevine Mountain hike in the Anza Borrego Desert with him. I eagerly accepted.

Not only is Grapevine Mountain #51/100 on the Sierra Club’s 100 Peaks of S

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Bell Bluff Trail: Adventures in Off-trail Bushwhacking and Scrambling

Bell Bluff Hike

Distance: 7.2 miles | Hiking time: 4-5 hours | More trail info.

Most of the trails I’ve hit recently, including Middle Peak, Pine Mountain, Lawson and Gaskill Peaks, have all tested me in ways I had never expected. Bell Bluff trail is just the latest hike to offer up a challenge, including bushwhacki…

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Garnet Peak Trail – Catch a Sunrise on the Summit in the Laguna Mountains

Garnet Peak Trail

Distance: 2.4 miles | Hiking time: 1.5 hours | More trail info.

If you’re looking for a moderate hike with breathtaking panoramic views of San Diego County, then Garnet Peak Trail in the Laguna Mountains is a must-see. At 5900 feet in elevation, Garnet Peak is the seventh highest peak in San Di…

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Pine Mountain Trail: A Summit Adventure Hike in the Laguna Mountains

Pine Mountain Trail

 Distance: 10 miles | Hiking time: 5 hours | More info.

If you’ve been following my hikes, you’re likely aware that I’ve been tackling the San Diego’s Highest Peaks. On Monday, I headed to the Laguna Mountains to hike Garnet Peak and Pine Mountain Trail, my 17th and 18th peaks.

While Schad…

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Viejas Mountain Trail: A Quick Hike to an Ancient Kumeyaay Ceremonial Site with 360 Degree Views

Viejas Mountain Trail Hike

Distance: 3 miles | Hiking time: 2.5 hours | More info.

The hike to the summit of Viejas Mountain trail begins with a steep 1.5 mile ascent up a rugged trail from the trailhead. A good pair of hiking shoes or trail runners will give you confidence when navigating the more technical sections of the trail.…

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McGinty Mountain Trail – Hiking for Peaks and Valleys Galore!

Hike to McGinty Mountain Summit

Distance: 5.0 miles | Hiking time: 3 hours | More info.

McGinty Mountain trail is a fun, challenging hike with rewarding panoramic views that doesn’t require setting aside an entire day. The steep trail takes you quickly up the mountain’s face and through some of the most diverse and rare plant life i…

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Gaskill Peak: Off-trail Adventures in San Diego’s Backcountry

Hike to Gaskill Peak

Distance: 7.1 miles | Hiking time: 4-5 hours | More info.

Gaskill Peak and Lawson Peak are known for their challenging ascents and rewarding views. They share much of the same hiking trails and scenery, so I’m picking this trip report up where my report on Lawson Peak ended. If you haven’t read that rep…

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