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In preparation of our upcoming Mt. Whitney hike we are attempting to summit many of the local peaks in San Diego.
Eventually we will have to up our game to get closer to the 14,505 elevation of Whitney but for now we are content doing local hikes. Our first hike was up to the top of Viejas Mountain so this would be our second training hike.

Guatay Mountain is just shy of 5000 feet and while we are very familiar with the area, we never done this hike. The mountain is home to a great selection of native plant species such as manzanita, scrub oak, yucca, sage and Tecate cypress trees which I have read are over 100 years old.

On our drive out , it looked like the cold, rainy weather might not be cooperating with our goal of summiting Guatay Mountain. Our friends who were accompanying us commented that had they been driving separately, they would have turned around at El Cajon.
"Babies!" I thought to myself.... JK Steve Just Kidding


The trail was very rocky and washed out in many places.


Blooming Yucca plant


Steve and Mary navigate a washed out section of trail on our way up


The higher we climbed, the thicker the fog.


Manzanita Berries


Shroud covered peak


Is this Indian Paintbrush?


Guatay Mountain




Log book and cache at top. Looked like somebody had summitted the previous day


You get a great view of the Pine valley bridge from a few vantage points along the hike.
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Looks like a great trip Bob. If you're looking for Whitney training opportunities, the El Cajon Mtn. hike is a good one! - Jim

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Looks like a great trip Bob. If you're looking for Whitney training opportunities, the El Cajon Mtn. hike is a good one! - Jim

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ziphius wrote:
If you're looking for Whitney training opportunities, the El Cajon Mtn. hike is a good one! - Jim
Agreed, put that on your training list.

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ziphius wrote:
Looks like a great trip Bob. If you're looking for Whitney training opportunities, the El Cajon Mtn. hike is a good one! - Jim


My thoughts exactly. Better yet, summit El Cajon and bounce on over to Rock Mt for an extra 3 mile bonus still honoring the "uphill both ways" theme of El Cajon smile
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5/3/2016
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All really good suggestions.
Yes El Cajon Mountain is on our list also.
A requirement we have is that there has to be a microbrewery on the way home so last weekend it was Alpine Brewing.
If we do El Cajon Mtn we can hit Helix Brewing on the way home beer
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tommy750 wrote:
Better yet, summit El Cajon and bounce on over to Rock Mt for an extra 3 mile bonus still honoring the "uphill both ways" theme of El Cajon smile


'Bounce on over to Rock Mt' ? Whaaaaa? I've thought about doing that numerous times, started towards it once, thick brush from the summit. I'm planning on heading up El Cajon Mtn Thurs or Fri if anyone wants to join up....

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