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JonodoCold and rainy  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 31, 2016


Hiked in a nice little rain storm and on some snow from the previous storm. Hiked with my dad and met some nice folks along the trail. Didn't see a thing tho.
Posted Jan 1, 2017 1:55 am

cabRoad  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2016


Parked at the junction of Sukat Road and Camino San Ignacio where the road was gated. Millions of gnats swarmed me for the entire hike, but luckily I had a headnet. I would have turned around without it. Paid $10 to get onto the reservation.
Posted Jul 5, 2016 1:26 pm

trexkerryVery Enjoyable  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 4, 2015
No one at the gate, so I drove about a half mile to the Community Center to pay for the Day Use Permit. Met by a very friendly dog as I parked. Drove back to try to drive up the Hot Springs Mountain Road, but it was gated after the last house. I turned around, and my poor 3 point turnaround attracted two more dogs from the adjacent house, one was very friendly and I pet her and rubbed her belly for a few minutes while the other watched from a distance. I then drove to the Los Coyotes Campground and started driving up the unsigned road, which was also gated. So I parked at the campground and did the 10 mile round trip hike and I was glad I did. The area is quite scenic and the solitude was very enjoyable. Nice class 3/4 summit block at the top. The people who helped me at the Community Center were super friendly and I really enjoyed my visit.
Posted Dec 5, 2015 9:56 pm

Ted BauerYears Ago  Sucess!

Ted Bauer

Pretty disappointing as I drove the majority of the way, then hiked to the summit. Also climbed one of the lookout tours. Grabbed a couple of the huge pine cones for Christmas decorations and headed home.
Posted Oct 28, 2014 3:21 pm

DonutPigRough Road  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 16, 2014


The drive up was pretty rough on my Subaru, bottomed out and had quite a few scares. Nice short hike with good views.
Posted Feb 20, 2014 5:59 am

Ted BauerHuge Pinecones  Sucess!

Ted Bauer

Drove most of the way up. Not really anything to write about, other than it was fun climbing up on the look out tower.
Posted Dec 5, 2013 2:01 pm

ericnoelHot Springs Mtn  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 9, 2013


Pretty short hike with a little odd summit block scramble at the end.
Posted Nov 9, 2013 6:48 pm

FletchVery pretty  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 17, 2010


Nice little day...
Posted Dec 27, 2012 6:12 pm

surgentSpontaneous trip  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2001


Did this on a whim. Fun, short, a chance to go to the beach afterwards.
Posted Jun 8, 2012 4:40 pm

orbitorFrom Los Coyotes Campground via the fire road  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 10, 2011


Hiked through a beautiful landscape right after a late winter storm. Great views of Jacinto and Gorgonio from the top.
Posted Apr 16, 2012 5:15 pm

NavySeabeeFrom Hot Springs Mtn Rd  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 28, 2011


Drove my Civic to junction w/Sukat Rd and hiked up. Added Corral BM (Pt 6,407') as a bonus which didn't even show up on my topo map, but stood out like a sore thumb due to recent fires and the firebreaks on it. Wanted to climb Cody and Pike BM's but the road to the eastern parts of the reservation were closed.
Posted Aug 8, 2011 4:47 pm

Alex WoodGreat Views  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 22, 2011

Alex Wood

Hiked this with my little bro and my dogs. We parked at 5,200ft in order to get some hiking in. Beautiful day with great views all around. Only saw two other cars on the road. What neat place. Took us two hour to reach the summit from our car.
Posted May 23, 2011 3:19 am

DigglerAnother one bites the dust  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 13, 2009


Always interesting, these excursions onto reservations. Unaware of the 'open' times to non-residents, I stopped by the info office at the tribal center, where a woman in the trailer- the only person I was able to find- told me to come back tomorrow. Fine. As I was hanging out outside the trailer, figuring out what to do/where to go after this (a few minutes later), she comes out & tells me if I don't leave immediately, she'll call the tribal police. What?! I've encountered numerous crazy people in SF, but this was unexpected & uncalled for. Seriously? I'll give her the benefit of the doubt & tell myself it was that time of the month- whatever...

Next day came back & went through the proper formalities. As time was limited, I did some driving before starting to hoof it, although I'd wanted to hike from the bottom to the top. Oh well. Parked at the Hot Springs Mtn/Lookout (as shown on the Los Coyotes-provided map) Rd.-Campground Rd. intersection, & started up. :45 later was at the dilapidated lookout. 'No-one told me the final summit block was 5th class,' I remember thinking to myself. After enjoying a brew on the rocks adjacent the lookout, I discovered that the true lookout lies in the brush across the way- whoops. Made a quick jaunt over there- afterall, this "highpointing" business includes by definition attaining the actual highpoint (ugh!!). After the obligatory highpoint, got down & back to car. Drove out just a few minutes after my officially-alloted time was up (15.00)- they waved as I passed through the gate.

Beautiful area & summit- it was far prettier than I'd expected. Despite the fog-clouds (or perhaps because of?), the views were great, & it was cool to see a glider flying above. Certainly a far different 'San Diego' than most (myself included until this point) think of!

Despite my initial unpleasant encounter, the young guy I met at the entrance station the day of my summit was inviting & quite nice (thanks for the orange). It was a pleasure to meet him. Quibling aside, it's nice that the tribe indeed does allow access, for those demented 'highpointers,' as well as those wanting to see a beautiful area off the beaten path, alike. Glad to have been in this special place.
Posted Jun 4, 2010 1:49 pm

mrchad9Got lucky  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 27, 2005


Was driving to Anza-Borrego and happened to notice the Los Coyotes Indian Reservation on the way. A southern CA hiking book had mentioned this was the highest in San Diego County, so on a whim decided to hike it on the drive back- my 10th county HP but first as part of my goal to do all of them in CA.

We stopped at the gate but no one was there, so drove down a very rutted road, took quite a while, then hiked to the summit. Didn't realize until a month later that it was closed to visitors as of a couple weeks before our visit. As far as I know no one else went up for a few years.
Posted May 9, 2010 4:10 am

Tracyvia standard route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 2, 2009


did this on a Monday (no one was manning the entrance station on the way up or on the way down) with beautiful weather. There is a nice looking animal den on the north side of the summit block of rocks that looked rather interesting.
Posted Jan 20, 2010 9:42 pm

Bob BurdRoad  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2002

Bob Burd

Hiked it during the fire that subsequently closed it for a few years. Drove most of the way. Fire guys were nice enough to let me finish before kicking me out. Trip Report
Posted Jan 19, 2010 10:08 am

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