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Distance: 10 miles | Hiking time: 5 hours | Difficulty: 7/10
Pine Mountain Loop is a fun, scenic hike that uses a series of connecting trails and fire roads to circle around, and eventually past the summit of Pine Mountain. The route is frequented by hikers and mountain bikers and offers views of Cuyamaca Peak, Middle Peak, Stonewall Peak and more. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can take a short hike off trail to the summit for a secluded picnic in a pine tree forest.
Distance: 3 miles | Hiking time: 2.5 hours | Difficulty: 6/10
The Viejas Mountain Trail hike takes you straight up the western face of the mountain to the summit. Viejas Mountain is a thigh busting, lung burning hike that’s the perfect length for a quick workout, and the rewards at the top are worth every ounce of energy it takes to get there.
Distance: 4.0 miles | Hiking time: 3 hours | Difficulty: 7/10
Three Sisters Falls is a popular hike buried deep within Cleveland National Forest, just southwest of Julian. The unmaintained trail is steep and rugged, and provides a variety of obstacles and technical challenges for the adventure seeking hiker who’s not afraid of bumps and scratches. When the water is flowing, the Three Sisters Falls are spectacular and offer a refreshing spot to cool off before setting out for the difficult hike back out of the valley.
Distance: 4.5 miles | Hiking time: 3 hours | Difficulty: 7/10
The hike along the fire road leading to Lawson Peak is really just the price of admission. The real adventure begins when you reach the base of the peak and begin your scramble for the summit. If it’s a challenge you’re looking for, it’s a challenge you’ll find at Lawson Peak
Distance: 7.1 miles | Hiking time: 4-5 hours | Difficulty: 7/10
With a peak elevation of 3836 feet, Gaskill Peak stands nearly 200 feet taller than its little sister 1.5 miles to the south, Lawson Peak. Gaskill Peak can be hiked by itself or included as an add-on adventure when hiking to Lawson Peak.
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
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.
Distance: 4.5 miles | Hiking time: 3 hours | More info. Lawson Peak is the type of hike you do for the challenge, not simply
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