Came for the hiking, Stayed for the picnic

Raised in the Midwest. SoCal living.
Recently discovered the fun of climbing mountains. I’m a sucker for a charcuterie board and cocktail. Cheers!

My Three Favorite San Diego Hikes

These three hikes aren’t the most popular hikes in San Diego but I think they’re the best. Keep reading to see why...

Garnet Peak via the PCT

Elevation: 6,000 ft. Elevation Gain: 700ft. Distance: 4 miles This out n’ back trail is fairly easy, with a short steep incline right before the peak. At the top you can view the Anza Borrego Desert AND the Cleveland National Forest. The stark contrast between the two is insanely cool and beautiful to see. Noteworthy: Parking is free starting at Penny Pines Trailhead

Mount Gower

Elevation: 3100 ft. Elevation Gain: 2,180 ft. Distance: 9 miles. Starting at the Open Space Preserve in Romona this trail has a lot of rolling steep hills the entire hike. Your legs will be sore! Right before the peak you cross into the Cleveland National Forest. The amazing views at the top make you forget the intensity of all those hills. Noteworthy: The preserve is open from 8am till sunset. Also this trail closes during August due to extreme heat.

Cuyamaca Peak via Azalea Glen Loop

Elevation: 6,500 ft. Elevation Gain: 1,800 Distance: 8 miles. This route to Cuyamaca Peak is moderate, but longer than the shorter steeper route from Lookout Road. I prefer this route because I enjoy hiking on dirt trails, not paved road. There is a radio tower at the top, but it doesn’t distract from the peacefulness and the incredible views. Sunsets at the top are 💯 Noteworthy: Parking is $10 per vehicle at Paso Picho Campground