Hiking San Diego

Rediscover the outdoors with Journey’s Hiking San Diego group.  Scheduled hikes cover a variety of locations in the San Diego County’s back country and wilderness areas.  See wildlife, enjoy the outdoors, get some exercise and hang out with some cool friends or meet some new ones!  In general, hikes are scheduled two times a month and locations vary from local hikes in Mission Trails to farther away in the Cuyamaca Mountains.  Our hike leader, Bob Nelson, is a trained Search and Rescue volunteer and has extensive experience hiking around the Southern and Northern California mountains.

Upcoming hike:


Destination: Garnet Peak, Laguna Mtns.
Trailhead: Penny Pines area on Sunrise Highway (S1) at the 27.5-mile markerPark: at the trailhead/turnout (You will need a ADVENTURE PASS to display in your window) CLICK HERE to go to the Cleveland National Forest website for locations to purchase the pass.Driving tips: The parking area is located approximately at the 27.5-mile marker on Sunrise Highway. There are turnouts on both sides of the road, located between cattle crossings at both ends of the turnouts.CLICK HERE FOR MAPHike details:

Start time: 6:00am – we would like to watch the sunrise over the desert.
Distance: about 8 miles round trip (add a mile if you go up Garnet Peak)
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Trail conditions: Good

From the trailhead, we will head east for a short distance to pick up the Pacific Crest Trail, then head north. About 2 miles out we have the option to hike up to Garnet Peak for an even more spectacular view of the desert and surrounding mountains.

What to bring: Water (3 liters recommended), snacks, hiking poles (recommended) and cam

General Character of Terrain:

Easy Terrain: Roads, trails and easy cross-country hiking.

Moderate Terrain: Cross-country boulder-hopping and easy scrambling

Difficult Terrain: Nontechnical climbing required. These trips should be attempted only by suitably equipped, experienced hikers adept at traveling over steep or rocky terrain requiring the use of the hands as well as the feet.

Footwear suggestion:
Light footwear (running or walking shoes) is appropriate for easy terrain, while sturdy hiking boots are recommended for more difficult terrain.

If you have any questions please email bob@journeycom.org.