Recent Trails

North Fortuna Peak Hiking Trail Guide

North Fortuna is the northernmost peak in Mission Trails Regional Park. This park is located in San Diego, California and is great for its views of San Diego County and wildflowers during the spring. Hiking North Fortuna Peak In the heart of the City of San Diego rest...

South Fortuna Peak

South Fortuna is a moderately trafficked out and back hiking trail in Mission Trails Regional Park. The park is located in San Diego, California and offers great views of the surrounding city including the the local Southern California mountains. Hiking South Fortuna...

Sitton Peak Loop Trail and Bear Ridge

Sitton Peak is a beautiful out and back trail that winds its way through the northern portion of the Cleveland National Forest and and San Mateo Canyon Wilderness. This peak lies directly between Orange County and Temecula, California. In recent years the trail has...

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Cucamonga Peak via Icehouse Canyon

Cucamonga Peak via Icehouse Canyon

San Bernardino, California

  • Elevation: 8,940 feet
  • Elevation Gain: 4,203 feet
  • Estimated Distance 12 miles

Kilauea Iki to Thurston Lava Tube

Kilauea Iki to Thurston Lava Tube Trail
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Volcano, Hawaii

  • Elevation: 4,008 feet
  • Elevation Gain: 656 feet
  • Estimated Distance: 4.5 miles

Corte Madera Peak

Corte Madera Peak

San Diego County, California

  • Elevation: 4,715 feet
  • Elevation Gain: 1,509 feet
  • Estimated Distance: 7 miles

Mount Wilson Peak via Chantry Flat

Mount Wilson Peak Via Chantry Flat

Arcadia, California

  • Elevation: 5,784 feet
  • Elevation Gain: 4,373 feet
  • Estimated Distance: 12.8 miles

Cuyamaca Peak

Cuyamaca Peak

San Diego County, California

  • Elevation: 6,565 feet
  • Elevation Gain: 1,821 feet
  • Estimated Distance: 7.7 miles

Stonewall Peak

Stonewall Peak

San Diego County, California

  • Elevation: 5,730 feet
  • Elevation Gain: 800 feet
  • Estimated Distance: 3.4 miles

Mount Baden-Powell

Mount Baden-Powell via Vincent Gap

Azusa, California

  • Elevation: 9,399 feet
  • Elevation Gain: 2,788 feet
  • Estimated Distance: 8,6 miles

Cowles Mountain Via Golfcrest Drive

Cowles Mountain via Golfcrest Drive

San Diego, California

  • Estimated Distance: 2.9 miles.
  • Elevation Gain: 912 feet.
  • Estimated Time: 1.5 hours.

Keanakako'i Crater and Lava Tree Hike

Keanakako'i Crater and Lava Tree Hike 

Volcano, Hawaii

  • Elevation: 3,799 feet.
  • Elevation gain: 121 feet.
  • Estimated distance: 1.7 miles.
  • Estimated time: 1 hour.

The Kilauea Lava Flow Hike

The Kilauea Lava Flow Hike

Volcano, Hawai'i

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

  • Elevation: 643 feet.
  • Elevation gain: About 400 feet.
  • Estimated distance: 9-13 miles.
  • Estimated time: 6-8 hours.

Mount Woodson (Potato Chip Rock) via Lake Poway

Mount Woodson (Potato Chip Rock) via Lake Poway

San Diego County

Poway, California

  • Elevation: 2, 835 feet.
  • Elevation Gain: 2,054 feet.
  • Estimated Distance:  6.6 miles.
  • Estimated Time:  4-5 hours.

Monument Peak and Foster Point Loop Trail

Monument Peak and Foster Point Loop Trail
Mount Laguna, San Diego County, California

  • Elevation: 6,299 feet.
  • Elevation Gain: 1,049 feet.
  • Estimated Distance: 8.4 miles.
  • Estimated Time: 4-6 hours.

 

Olivenhain Dam via Way Up Trail

Olivenhain Dam via Way Up Trail

Escondido, California San Diego County

  • Elevation: 1,384 feet.
  • Estimated Distance: 6-8 miles.
  • Estimated Time: 3-4 hours.

Clouds Rest Trail via Tenaya Lake

Clouds Rest via Tenaya Lake

Yosemite National Park
Yosemite, California
  • Elevation: 10,007 feet.
  • Elevation Gain: 3,113. feet.
  • Estimated Distance: 12.3 miles.
  • Estimated Time: 6-8 hours.

Vernal and Nevada Falls via The Mist Trail

Vernal and Nevada Falls via The Mist Trails

Yosemite National Park, California

  • Elevation: 6,137 feet.
  • Elevation Gain: 2,431 feet.
  • Estimated Distance: 6.4 miles.
  • Estimated Time: 4-6 hours.

Upper Yosemite Falls Trail

Upper Yosemite Falls Trail

Yosemite National Park
Yosemite, California
  • Elevation: 6,784 feet.
  • Elevation Gain: 3,438 feet.
  • Estimated Distance: 5 miles.
  • Estimated Time: 6-8 hours.

Taft Point via Glacier Point Road

Taft Point via Glacier Point Road

Yosemite National Park
Yosemite, California

  • Elevation: 7,760 feet.
  • Elevation Gain: 433 feet.
  • Estimated Distance: 2.3 miles
  • Estimated Time: 1-2 hours.

 

South Clevenger Canyon Trail

South Clevenger Canyon

Escondido, California
  • Elevation: 1,740 feet.
  • Elevation Gain: 1,142 feet.
  • Estimated Distance: 4 miles.
  • Estimated Time: 1.5-3 hours.

Cabrillo Coastal Trail

Cabrillo Coastal Trail
Cabrillo National Monument
San Diego, California
  • Elevation: 112 feet.
  • Elevation Gain: 12 feet.
  • Estimated Distance: 1 mile.
  • Estimated Time: 30-90 minutes.

Pine Knot Trail to Grand View Point

Pine Knot Trail to Grand View Point
Big Bear, California

  • Elevation: 7,761 feet.
  • Elevation Gain: 1,217 feet.
  • Estimated Time: 4 hours.

Batiquitos Lagoon Trail

Batiquitos Lagoon Trail

Carlsbad, California, San Diego County
  • Elevation: 112 feet.
  • Elevation Gain: 12 feet.
  • Estimated Distance: 1 mile.
  • Estimated Time: 30-90 minutes.
 

Annie's Canyon Trail

Annie's Canyon Trail
Solana Beach, San Diego County, California

  • Elevation: 202 feet.
  • Estimated Distance: 1-2 miles.
  • Estimated Time: 45-90 minuts.

Lake Calavera/Calavera Volcano

Calavera Nature Preserve
Carlsbad, San Diego County, California
  • Elevation Gain: 460 feet.
  • Distance: 0.5-6 miles.
  • Estimated Time: 30 minutes - 2 hours. 

 

 

Moro Rock Trail

Moro Rock Trail
Sequoia National Park, California

  • Elevation: 6,684 feet.
  • Elevation Gain: 180 feet.
  • Estimated Distance: 0.4 miles (approx 3.5 from the Giant Forest Museum Parking Lot).
  • Estimated Time: 30-45 minutes.

Crystal Cave Trail

Crystal Cave Trail
Sequoia National Park, California
  • Elevation: 4,922 feet.
  • Elevation Gain: 285 feet.
  • Estimated Distance: 0.9 miles.
  • Estimated Time: 45 minutes.

The Watchtower via The Lakes Trail

The Watchtower Via The Lakes Trail
Sequoia National Park, California
  • Elevation: 9,119 feet.
  • Elevation Gain: 1,759 feet.
  • Estimated Distance: 7.4 miles.
  • Estimated Time: 5-7 hours.

Iron Mountain Trail

Iron Mountain Trail
Poway, San Diego County, California

  • Elevation: 2,744 feet.
  • Elevation Gain: 1,1,35 feet.
  • Estimated Distance: 5.6 miles.
  • Estimated Time: 2-4 hours.

Observation Point

Observation Point 
Zion National Park, Utah

  • Elevation: 6,625 feet.
  • Elevation Gain: 2,356.
  • Estimated Distance: 8 miles.
  • Estimated Time: 5-8 hours.

Balboa Park Trail System

Balboa Park Trail System
San Diego, California

  • Elevation: Balboa Park is at coast level around 100 feet in elevation.
  • Elevation Gain: About 100-300 feet.
  • Estimated Distance: Most trails are 0.5 miles to just over 6 miles with over 65 miles of trails.
  • Estimated Time: 30 minutes to 3 hours.

Cavern Point and Potato Harbor Trail

Cavern Point and Potato Harbor Trail
Channel Islands National Park, California

  • Elevation: 538 feet.
  • Elevation Gain: 406 feet.
  • Estimated Distance: 7 miles (according to the NPS) .
  • My Actual Distance: 5 miles
  • Estimated Time: 2-4 hours.

Day Guide To Joshua Tree National Park

A Visitors Day Guide To Joshua Tree National Park
Joshua Tree National Park, California

Boucher Trail and Palomar Mountain Loop

Boucher Trail and Palomar Mountain Loop
Palomar Mountain State Park
San Diego, California

  • Elevation: 5,461 feet.
  • Elevation Gain: 1,237 feet.
  • Estimated Distance: 8.7 miles.
  • Estimated Time: 2-4 hours.

Navajo Loop and Queen's Garden Trail

Navajo Loop and Queen's Garden Trail
Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
  • Elevation: 8,038 feet.
  • Elevation Gain: 604 feet.
  • Estimated Distance: 2.9 miles.
  • Estimated Time: 1-2 hours.

Kwaay Paay Peak Trail

Kwaay Paay Peak
Mission Trails Regional Park
San Diego, California
  • Elevation: 1,994 feet.
  • Elevation Gain: 899 feet.
  • Estimated Distance: 2.3 miles.
  • Estimated Time: 1-3 hours.

Mount Baldy Peak (Mount San Antonio) via Manker Flat

MOUNT BALDY VIA MANKER FLAT TRAIL
San Gabriel Mountains/Angeles National Forest
Los Angeles, California
  • Elevation: 10,064 feet.
  • Elevation Gain: 4,117 feet.
  • Estimated Distance: 9.2 miles.
  • My Actual Distance: 10.0 miles.
  • Estimated Time: 6-8 hours. 

San Jacinto Peak via Marion Mountain Campground

San Jacinto Peak via Marion Mountain Campground
San Bernardino National Forest
Idyllwild, California
  • Elevation: 10,834 feet.
  • Elevation Gain: 4,508 feet.
  • Estimated Distance: 13.4 miles.
  • Estimated Time: 7-10 hours. 

Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve (east)

Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve
San Diego, California
  • Elevation: 266 feet.
  • Elevation Gain: 150 feet.
  • Estimated Distance: 0.5-12 miles.
  • Estimated Time: 2-4 hours.

Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve (west)

Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve
San Diego, California
  • Elevation: 266 feet.
  • Elevation Gain: 150 feet.
  • Estimated Distance: 0.5-12 miles.
  • Estimated Time: 2-4 hours.

The Subway via Left Fork Trail (Bottom Up)

The Subway via North Fork Trail (The Bottom Up)
Zion National Park, Utah

  • Elevation: About 5,000 feet.
  • Elevation Gain: About 400 feet.
  • Estimated Distance: 9-10 miles.
  • My Actual Distance: 9.9 miles.
  • Estimated Time: 6-9 hours.

San Gorgonio Peak via Vivian Creek Trail

San Gorgonio Peak via Vivian Creek
San Bernardino, California
  • Elevation: 11,503 feet.
  • Elevation Gain: 5,449 feet.
  • Estimated Distance: 17 miles.
  • Estimated Time: 9-12 hours. 

Akaka Falls Loop Trail

Akaka Falls Loop Trail
Akaka Falls State Park, Hawaii
  • Elevation: Approx 1000 feet.
  • Elevation Gain: 100 feet.
  • Estimated Distance: 0.4 miles.
  • Estimated Time: 15-30 minutes.

Valley Of Fire State Park

Valley Of Fire State Park
Overton, Nevada

Valley of Fire State Park offers dozens of beautiful hiking trails and numerous drive up sites. This day guide will help visitors plan a trip to take in some of the park's most popular sites.

Miramar Lake

Miramar Lake
San Diego, California
  • Elevation: 725 feet.
  • Elevation Gain: 98 feet.
  • Estimated Distance: 5 miles.
  • Estimated Time: 1-3 hours.

Hosp Grove Park

Hosp Grove Park
Carlsbad, California
San Diego County
  • Elevation: 151 feet.
  • Elevation Gain: 123 feet.
  • Estimated Distance: 3 miles.
  • Estimated Time: 30-90 minutes.

Haleakala Sunrise Viewing

Haleakala Sunrise Viewing
Island of Maui, Hawaii
  • Elevation: Approx 10,023 feet (depending where you choose to watch the sunrise).
  • Estimated Distance: No hiking required.
  • Estimated Time: Arrive at least an hour before the sun comes up.

Rainbow Falls, Boiling Pots, and Pe'epe'e Falls

Rainbow Falls, Boiling Pots, and Pe'epe'e Falls
  • Elevation: Approx 750 feet.
  • Elevation Gain: Approx 15 feet.
  • Rainbow Falls Estimated Distance: 0.3 miles.
  • Boiling Pots Estimated Distance: 0.3 miles.
  • Estimated Time: 15-30 minutes at each

Mariposa Grove Of Giant Sequoia

Mariposa Grove Of Giant Sequoia
Yosemite National Park, California
  • Elevation: 5,962 feet.
  • Elevation Gain: Approx 394 feet.
  • Estimated Distance: 3 miles.
  • Estimated Time: 30 minutes – 4 hours.

**Trail distance, elevation gain, and time depend on the route taken.** 

Hellhole Canyon County Preserve

Hellhole Canyon County Preserve 
Valley Center, California
  • Elevation: 3,115 feet.
  • Elevation Gain: 1,655 feet.
  • Estimated Distance: 1-13.5 miles.
  • Estimated Time: 1-5 hours (depending on route taken).

**Elevation gain and distance depends on route taken in preserve.**

Paradise Mountain and Rodriguez Peak

Paradise Mountain and Rodriguez Peak
Hellhole Canyon County Preserve
Valley Center, Califorina
  • Elevation: 3,115 feet.
  • Elevation Gain: 1,655 feet.
  • Estimated Distance: 8-9 miles.
  • Estimated Time: 3-5 hours.

Walker Canyon Trail

Walker Canyon Trail
Lake Elsinore, California
  • Elevation: 1,745 feet.
  • Elevation Gain: 616 feet.
  • Estimated Distance: 3.5 miles.
  • Estimated Time: 1-2.5 hours.

Mirror Lake Trail

Mirror Lake Trail 
Yosemite National Park
Mariposa County, California
  • Elevation: 4,132 feet.
  • Elevation Gain: Approx 151 feet.
  • Estimated Distance: 2 to 5 miles.
  • Estimated Time: 30 minutes 1-2 hours.

El Cajon Mountain/El Capitan Peak

El Capitan County Preserve
Lakeside, California

  • Elevation: 3675 feet.
  • Elevation Gain: 3216 feet.
  • Estimated Distance: 11-13 miles.
  • My Actual Distance: 11.7 miles.
  • Estimated Time: 5-8 hours.
  • My Time: 6 hours 15 minutes total; 5 hours 12 minutes moving.  

Crystal Cove State Park

Crystal Cove State Park
Laguna Beach, California
  • Elevation: 35-1000 feet.
  • Elevation Gain: 35-1000 feet.
  • Estimated Distance: 1-9 miles.
  • Estimated Time: 1-6 hours.

Estimated distance, elevation gain, and time varies depending on route taken. Altogether the reserve holds several miles of trails. 

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
La Jolla, California
  • Elevation: 364 feet.
  • Elevation Gain: 360 feet.
  • Estimated Distance: 1-6 miles.
  • Estimated Time: 1-5 hours (depending on route taken).

***Estimated distance varies depending on route taken. Altogether the reserve holds several miles of trails. The north end of the reserve can be made into a loop down the reserve, to the beach, and across Torrey Pines State Beach.***

 

Sitton Peak and Bear Ridge

Sitton Peak and Bear Ridge
San Mateo Canyon Wilderness
Lake Elsinore, California
  • Elevation: 3,273 feet.
  • Elevation Gain: 1,923 feet.
  • Estimated Distance: 9-10 miles.
  • Estimated Time: 4-6 hours.
  • My Time: 4 hours 8 minutes moving; 5 hours 4 minutes total.

South Fortuna Peak

South Fortuna Peak
Mission Trails Regional Park
San Diego, California
  • Estimated Distance:  5 miles.
  • Total Elevation: 1094
  • Elevation gain: 494 feet.
  • Estimated Time: 2-4 hours.

Cedar Creek Falls (Devil's Punchbowl)

Cedar Creek Falls (Devil's Punchbowl) 
Ramona, California
San Diego County
  • Elevation: 1814 feet.
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 1000 feet.
  • Estimated Distance: 6.
  • Estimated Time: 3-5 hours.

North Fortuna Peak

North Fortuna Peak
San Diego, California
Mission Trails Regional Park
  • Estimated Distance:  5 miles.
  • Total Elevation: 1,291
  • Elevation gain: 848 feet.
  • Estimated Time: 2-4 hours.

Three Sisters Falls

Three Sisters Falls
Descanso, California
San Diego County
  • Elevation: 2893 feet.
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 891 feet.
  • Estimated Distance: 4.5 miles.
  • Estimated Time: 2-5 hours.

Oak Canyon and Old Mission Dam

Oak Canyon and Old Mission Dam
Mission Trails Regional Park 
San Diego, California
  • Estimated Distance:  2-4 miles.
  • Total Elevation: Approximately 350.
  • Elevation gain: Approximately 100 feet.
  • Estimated Time: 1-3 hours.

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