Hike Iron Mountain – Fun Hiking in San Diego

Hike Iron MountainHike Iron Mountain. It is a great place to hike in San Diego. Enjoy panoramic 360 degree views of San Diego from the mountain summit which sits almost 2,700 feet above sea level. You will be able see El Capitan Reservoir from the top of this mountain as well as other San Diego landmarks. It’s a spectacular view!

This hike is approximately 6 miles round-trip. Plan for a moderate hike with an elevation gain of 1,000 feet. The round trip hike typically takes between 2 1/2 and 4 1/2 hours. It really depends on how much time you want to spend relaxing and enjoying the views along the way.

Iron Mountain is one of the most popular hikes in the San Diego area. It is easy to access and it’s not too difficult. But, it’s long enough that you feel like you have been on a hike.

Iron Mountain San Diego HikePlan this hike for Winter, Spring, or Fall. It just gets too hot during the summer months. You pass through rows of trees to begin this hike up to top of the mountain. After that, you won’t find any shade.

The trail is definitely rocky in spots. You will need hiking shoes. When you reach a fork in the trail, go to the left for a view of Ramona and to the right for a view of Poway and San Diego. On clear days you can see all the way to the Pacific Ocean.

Enjoy a variety of wild life and fields of boulders along the way. There are a few tables at the top. Bring a picnic if you choose. Be sure to sign the journal at the top, which is stored in a mailbox. There’s also a viewfinder that is free to use. On a clear day you can see all of San Diego.

Hiking CoupleThis trail is well marked. There will be other people along the trail; even during the week. So, if you are seeking a solitary hike, this may not be the hike for you. If you don’t mind meeting fellow hikers along the way, this is a fun trail with great views.

Go early and you’ll probably be able to park in the small lot. Otherwise park on Hwy. 67. Weekends can be crowded. Apply sunscreen before you start and bring plenty of water and a few snacks.

Directions to Hike Iron Mountain:

Take I-15 North to Scripps Poway Parkway. Exit and turn right. Continue on Scripps Poway Parkway for approximately 9 miles. Turn left onto CA 67. Continue on CA 67 for approximately 2 miles. You will find the trailhead on CA 67 just south of Poway Road. It will be on the east side of the street.


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Cedar Creek Falls – Swim Beneath the Waterfall in San Diego

Cedar Creek Falls - Hike to a WaterfallMany people don’t know that there is a waterfall in San Diego. Cedar Creek Falls is a scenic hike through the hills of Eastern San Diego. Be rewarded with waterfalls cascading into a pool below. Swim in the pool beneath the falls. The 80 foot high Cedar Creek Falls is located southwest of Julian.

This is a beautiful hike. Cedar Creek is a tributary of the San Diego River. There are a number of small falls in the area with Cedar Falls being the largest. Black oak, cedar, and cottonwood trees are common in the area. Bird watchers can spot local birds.


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Cedar Falls near JulianThe best time to hike to Cedar Falls is in the spring when the falls will be at their peak and wildflowers are blooming. There is a swimming hole at the bottom of the falls where you can enjoy a swim. By summer the falls have dried up.

This can be a beautiful hike. Cedar Creek is a tributary of the San Diego River. There are a number of small falls in the area with Cedar Falls being the largest. Black oak, cedar, and cottonwood trees are common in the area. Bird watchers can spot local birds.

Cedar Creek Falls San DiegoThis hike is moderate to strenuous. It is not recommended for beginning hikers. There is no shade on the hike; so come prepared. You will need to get an Adventure Pass parking permit from the U.S. Forest Service because this hike is on National forest land. Leave the pass on the dash of your car. How to Obtain a Pass

Summer Warning The San Vicente Fire Station has issued a warning that it is dangerous to hike Cedar Falls during the summer. Call the fire station if you are thinking about hiking this trail during the summer months.
(760) 789-0191.

Cedar Creek Falls SignPrecautions: You do need to be in good shape for this trip. The hike to Cedar Creek Falls is 6 miles roundtrip and takes approximately 4 to 6 hours to complete. Wear sunscreen, a hat, and bring plenty of water.

A gallon of water per person is recommended during warm weather. If you bring a dog, be sure to bring water for the dog as well. The trip to the falls is downhill, which means the return trip is uphill. It is dangerous to climb on the rocks around the falls. Jumping or diving into the pools is prohibited.

Directions From the Town of Julian
Drive two miles west on Hwys. 78/79. Turn left on Pine Hills Road. Continue 1.5 miles. Bear right onto Eagle Peak Road. Continue 1.4 miles. Bear right to stay on Eagle Peak Road. Continue another 9 miles to the signed trailhead for the California Riding and Hiking Trail. This last 9 miles will be partly paved and partly dirt road. The trailhead is at the end of the road with a sign that says “Saddleback Trail”.

Directions From San Diego
Take I-15 North. Exit at Scripps Poway Parkway/Mercy Rd. Turn right onto Scripps Poway Parkway. Turn left onto SR-67. Keep straight onto SR 78 (Main Street). About 1 1/2 to 2 miles before reaching Julian, turn right onto Eagle Peak Road. Continue 1.5 miles. Bear right to stay on Eagle Peak Road. Continue another 9 miles to the signed trailhead for the California Riding and Hiking Trail. This last 9 miles will be partly paved and partly dirt road. The trailhead is at the end of the road with a sign that says “Saddleback Trail”.


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Mount Helix Park – Amazing Views of San Diego

Mount Helix View - San DiegoVisit Mount Helix Park to enjoy amazing views and that sense of serenity from being close to nature. Mt. Helix stands at 1365 feet tall. It offers a 360 degree panoramic view from San Diego’s East County. This is one of the best places to watch a San Diego sunrise or sunset. On a clear day you can see all the way to the Pacific Ocean.

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Most visitors to the park will walk the Yawkey Trail. This quarter mile trail circles around the top of Mount Helix. Benches are provided for you to sit and enjoy the spectacular scenery. You can also park in either of the two parking lots at the corner of Mt. Helix Drive and Vivera Drive and walk to the top. There is a parking lot at the top of Mount Helix Park as well.

Each year a Kid’s Art Camp is held in the park. Various lectures series are presented that focus on environmental topics. Yoga classes are held from 9 AM to 10:15 AM on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Mount Helix Park is a popular venue for weddings. The Park is available to rent for weddings, memorials, religious ceremonies/services and by non-profit organizations.

Mount Helix CrossEaster Sunrise Services are held each Easter in the outdoor amphitheater. A Christmas Caroling event takes place each December. The best time to view the night sky from the top of Mount Helix is at an Astronomy Night. High resolution telescopes are provided by the San Diego Astronomy Association. They have volunteers on hand to answer your questions about the cosmos.

Dogs are allowed in the park on leashes. You’ll even find a doggy drinking fountain at the picnic area near the amphitheater. BBQs, smoking, alcohol, glass containers, and open flames are not allowed in the park.

The Mt. Helix Park Foundation is the non-profit organization responsible for preserving and enhancing the Park, amphitheater and cross memorial on top of this local mountain. They do a wonderful job of maintaining this park with no government funding.

Mount Helix signVolunteers are what makes this park a success. They hold work days, raise funds, and organize the many activities. Information on volunteering or other questions about Mount Helix Park are available on their website.

Mt. Helix is located in the Grossmont/Mt. Helix area of unincorporated San Diego County, between the cities of La Mesa and El Cajon. The Park is open daily a half-hour before and after sunset. Since hours are seasonal, we recommend you visit the Park website for the most current gate times.


Mount Helix Park Contact Information


Website
Address: 4905 Mt. Helix Dr., La Mesa, CA
Telephone: (619) 741-4363

Directions from I-8 East:
Take the Fuerte/Severin exit. Drive through the stoplight onto Fuerte Drive. Turn Right on Mt. Helix Drive. This road will become “one-way only” to the top of Mt. Helix where the park is located. You will find a small parking area near the Amphitheater.

Directions from I-8 West:
Take the Severin exit. At the stoplight at the top of the ramp, turn left onto the bridge to cross over Interstate 8. Follow the signs to Fuerte Drive. Turn right onto Mt. Helix Drive. This road will become “one-way only” to the top of Mt. Helix where the park is located. You will find a small parking area near the Amphitheater.


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Mount Soledad Offers a Panoramic View of San Diego

Mount Soledad War MemorialYou absolutely do not want to miss Mount Soledad in San Diego. Take the short drive to the top of Mount Soledad in La Jolla. It’s easily one of the best views in San Diego. Enjoya panoramic 360 degree view of the coastline, the downtown skyline, and surrounding areas. Climb the brick steps up to the War Memorial to enjoy panoramic views.

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The Mt. Soledad Vetran’s Memorial sits atop Mt. Soledad honoring U.S. Veterans. The 41 foot cross that sits atop the memorial is visible from Interstate 5. This is an inspirational memorial that honors men and women who served our country. Every war is represented all the way back to the Revolutionary War. Browse the 11 walls full of plaques donated by family and friends. Each plaque contains a picture of the veteran.

Mount Soledad Downtown San Diego View
The view is breathtaking in every direction. On a clear day look south past San Diego and Coronado all the way to Mexico. Look east to view the mountains. Look north to view the University of California at San Diego and Torrey Pines Reserve.

Mount Soledad San Diego - Ocean View
This is also a great place to watch the sunset or indulge in a picnic on the grassy area atop Mt. Soledad. The park is open from 7AM until 10 PM and it’s one of the best places around to view one of San Diego’s spectacular sunsets. You’ll find wide open grass areas, benches, and nature walkways where you can stroll to enjoy the scenery.

There are still spaces available for honoring veterans. If you have one in mind, give them a call. Admission is always free.


Directions to Mount Soledad National Veterans Memorial from Interstate 5


Address: 6905 La Jolla Scenic Drive at Via Capri
La Jolla, CA 92037
Telephone: (858) 459-2314
Memorial Website

This memorial is north of downtown San Diego. From Interstate 5 exit at Grand Avenue/Garnet Avenue. Merge onto Mission Bay Dr. Turn left onto Garnet. Turn right onto Soledad Mountain Dr. Turn right onto La Jolla Scenic Dr. South. Mount Soledad will be on your right. There is a small parking lot at the top adjacent to the memorial. There is also a larger lot further back down the hill, which is a short 5 minute walk back to the memorial.


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Pacific Terrace Hotel San Diego – Boutique Hotel Right on the Beach

Pacific Terrace Hotel San DiegoPacific Terrace Hotel San Diego is a small boutique hotel located right on the beach in the popular beach community of Pacific Beach. Most rooms enjoy fabulous ocean views with balconies overlooking the ocean.

The swimming pool and jacuzzi also overlook the ocean. Enjoy a massage by the pool. Complimentary lemonade, ice tea, and water are available near the pool. Bike or stroll down the boardwalk that runs along Pacific Beach between the hotel and the sand.

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Beach access is so easy. Simply walk past the hearted swimming pool and down the stairs to the beautiful sandy beach. Beach toys, umbrellas, and boogie boards are provided by the hotel.

Pacific Beach is a great beach for surfing, swimming, beach volleyball, or just relaxing on the sand. Pacific Terrace Hotel San Diego has the ideal location. It’s just a short walk to numerous restaurants, bars, and shops.

SunsetSan Diego is famous for its spectacular sunsets. You won’t need to leave your hotel room to witness the sunset. Stroll down to the beach in the evening and roast marshmallow in one of the fire pits the city provides on the beach. Or purchase a S’Mores package from the hotel and roast marshmallows by the pool.

Pacific Terrace is the place to go if you want to be pampered. The staff is well trained and eager to ensure that you are having a great time. Every staff member is friendly and helpful. Chocolate are left when they turn down your bed in the evening. Drift off to sleep to the sounds of the waves crashing on the beach. The beds are comfortable and bathrooms and amenities are luxurious.


Pacific Terrace Hotel San Diego Contact Information


Hotel Website
Address: Address: 610 Diamond Street, San Diego, CA 92109
Telephone: (800) 344-3370

Driving Directions Traveling South on Interstate 5
1. Take Exit 23 toward Balboa Avenue/Garnet Avenue.
2. Turn right onto Bluffside Avenue.
3. Turn left onto Pacifica Drive.
4. Turn right onto Garnet Avenue. Drive straight onto Balboa Avenue.
5. Turn right onto Mission Blvd.
6. Turn left on Diamond Street. The hotel is on the right. There’s an underground garage or you can park on the street. (Note: There is a parking fee to use the garage, but it’s worth it!)

Driving Directions Traveling North on Interstate 5
1. Take Exit 23A toward Grand Avenue/Garnet Avenue.
2. Turn right onto Mission Bay Drive.
3. Turn left onto Grand Avenue.
4. Turn right onto Mission Blvd.
5. Turn left on Diamond Street. The hotel is on the right. There is an underground garage or you can park on the street. (Note: There is a parking fee to use the garage, but it’s worth it!)


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San Diego CaliforniaThere are so many fun things to do throughout San Diego. It’s mild year-round climate makes it the place to go to enjoy the outdoors. Hiking, biking, and water sports are some of the many choices. San Diego has major attractions that you might want to enjoy. If you are into adventure, there are lots of activities to choose from as well. Consider hang-gliding off the cliffs in La Jolla or take a ride in an historic biplane. Click Here to Learn About Top Things to Do in San Diego