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Kwaay Paay Peak Hike In Mission Trails

Kway Paay Peak is a popular hiking trail in Mission Trails Regional Park. The peak is the fourth tallest out of five prominent peaks that dominate the park's skyline and offers great views of surrounding San Diego County. This trail is a moderate to...

Hiking Navajo Loop and Queen’s Garden Trail

The Navajo Loop and Queen's Garden trail is a beautiful path that takes visitors through the main features of Bryce Canyon National Park. This popular hiking trail allows visitors of all skill levels to enjoy the beauty that this park has to offer. Hiking...

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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.

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