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

Hike to Gaskill Peak

Distance: 7.1 miles | Hiking time: 4-5 hours | Difficulty: 7/10 | More info.

Gaskill Peak and Lawson Peak share much of the same hiking and scenery, so I’m picking this trip report up where the report on Lawson Peak ended. If you haven’t read that report yet, be sure to check it out for a des…

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Lawson Peak: Hiking, Scrambling and Climbing to the Summit

Lawson Peak Hike

Distance: 4.5 miles | Hiking time: 3 hours | Difficulty: 7/10 | More info.

The hike to Lawson Peak is the type of hike you do for the challenge, not because you’re looking to get out in nature. Unless you happen to be a practiced rock climber, the scramble to the summit will test your nerve. It̵…

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Take on the Mission Trails 5-Peak Challenge

5-Peak Challenge - North Fortuna Peak

On Saturday, November 7, Mission Trails Regional Park announced the 5-Peak Challenge to bring attention to the park’s 60 miles of mixed-use trails that lead to 5 of the highest peaks in the city of San Diego.

Mission Trails is home to some of my favorite local hikes, so there was no question wh…

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El Cajon Mountain Hike: El Capitan, San Diego’s “Toughest” Hiking Trail

Hiking El Cajon Mountain Trail

Distance: 11 miles | Hiking time: 5-6 hours | Difficulty: 8/10 | More info.

El Cajon Mountain, a.k.a. El Capitan, is one of San Diego’s most rewarding hikes. If you’re fit and up to the challenge, don’t hesitate to take on El Cap. It will challenge your body and mind with relentless elevation changes, …

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Three Sisters Falls – A Beautiful Waterfall Destination Hike with a Meanstreak

Three Sisters Falls Hike

Distance: 4.0 miles | Hiking time: 3 hours | Difficulty: 7/10 | More info.

Cleveland National Forest is home to some of San Diego’s most revered hiking trails, campgrounds and backcountry destinations, not least among them is Three Sisters Falls. Head out to Three Sisters Falls during the w…

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Pyles Peak Hike -There is Life Beyond Cowles Mountain

Pyles Peak Trail Ridge Crossing

Distance: 6 miles | Hiking time: 3 hours | Difficulty: 7/10 | More info.

If you’re looking for a great way to beat the crowds of Cowles Mountain while enjoying similar views, and you don’t mind adding a few miles to your trip to do it, head on over to Pyles Peak. The extra mileage isn’t that demanding in com…

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Mt. Woodson Trail & Potato Chip Rock – San Diego’s Most Recognizable Hiking Destination

Potato Chip Rock on Mt. Woodson Summit

Distance: 7.25 miles | Hiking time: 4.5 hours | Difficulty: 7/10 | More info.

Potato Chip Rock is a big part of the reason that people are able to motivate themselves to continue the challenging hike up Mt. Woodson Trail. The trail to the summit of Mt. Woodson keeps you working, but rewards you along the …

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Bernardo Mountain Trail – An Easy-going Hike with a View of Beautiful Lake Hodges

Bernardo Mountain Summit Trail

Distance: 7.2 miles | Hiking time: 3.5 hours | Difficulty: 6/10 | More info.

The hike up Bernardo Mountain is challenging enough to keep you working, but not so challenging that you can’t take in the views along the way. The trail leads up the mountain from a beautiful green valley to the summit, where v…

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Iron Mountain “Short” Trail – A Big Hike with Big Rewards.

Iron Mountain Peak Trailhead

Distance: 6.4 miles | Hiking time: 3.5 hours | Difficulty: 6/10 | More info.

When it comes to views of the local mountains, the view from the summit of Iron Mountain in San Diego is as good as it gets. The family friendly hike begins in Poway off hwy 67, just a few short miles from another favorite hike of mi…

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Black Mountain Miner’s Ridge Loop Hike – A Quick Local Hike with Big Rewards

Black Mountain Miner's Ridge Loop Trail

Distance: 4.25 miles | Hiking time: 2 hours | Difficulty: 5/10 | More info.

Black Mountain Miner’s Ridge Loop Trail is a quick, easy hike that offers a view unlike any other I’ve experienced in San Diego. The trail is well-traveled and enjoyed by hikers and mountain bikers alike. There’s no fe…

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