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.
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Gaskill Peak: Off-trail Adventures in San Diego’s Backcountry
Lawson Peak Trail: Hiking, Scrambling and Climbing to the Summit
Distance: 4.25 miles | Hiking time: 2 hours | Difficulty: 5/10
Black Mountain, located in the heart of Black Mountain Open Space Park, is home to one of the most inspiring observation points in Central San Diego. The Miner’s Ridge Loop Trail takes hikers along a winding path that gradually ascends to the 1554 foot summit of Black Mountain Peak. If it’s a quick, easy hike with big payoffs that you’re looking for, then you can’t do much better than Black Mountain.
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Miner’s Ridge Loop Trail Hike On Black Mountain – A Quick Local Hike With Big Rewards
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
McGinty Mountain 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 in San Diego.
The trail offers a never-ending spree of photo ops and scenic outlooks that continue to change and evolve as you work your way up the mountain towards the summit. On a clear day the views from the summit are mesmerizing and offer up vast scenic rolling hills, mountain peaks, and deep valleys.
This is a great hike for just about anyone with an adventurous spirit, a good pair of hiking shoes, and a couple of hours to spare.
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