Drove up here on the way to the in-laws' house in Fallbrook. I parked at the entrance gate in the "15-minute parking" zone without paying the entrace fee and jogged/walked up to the summit.
The road to the summit was locked where it diverges from Nate Harrison Grade road (only a few hundred yards from the entrance gate) so I would have been pissed if I had paid the entrance fee only to be able to drive another few hundred yards to a locked gate! I'm not sure I made it back in 15 minutes, but was probably close and I didn't get hassled about not paying.
Watch out for crazy motorcyclists riding up the curvy section of the road. I pulled over to let many of them zoom by me - looks like fun!
Gate was locked. It was an actual hike! Date Climbed: Mar 10, 2008
Drove to where the trail crosses Nate Harrison Grade Road and actually gained about 500+ feet in a little less than a mile. Can't say enough about how devastated the landscape is after last October's fires. Tragic. Views were great and weather was perfect.
Why this peak is on the HPS peak is a bit of a mystery. One merely drives to the flat "summit," then looks around the tower for anything resembling the highest point. It didn't help that it was windy and cold as hell when I visited, with our stay lasting less than a minute. Trip Report