Saturday, December 24, 2016

Wooded Hill

Hiked: 12/23/2016
Distance: 1.3 miles round trip on trail
Summit Elevation: 6223'
Elevation Gain: 299'
Elevation Gain (in Empire State Buildings): 0.24
Round trip time: 35 minutes
Recommended water: 0 oz.
Parking/Fees: Adventure Pass
Difficulty: Easy

An unusual 4 day stretch of back to back storm systems moved into SoCal this week, throwing a wrench into my elaborate plans. I searched 100 miles in all directions for a respite from the weather and found a slight break in the action in San Diego county. There was still some low hanging fruit on Sunrise Highway, so I headed out for Wooded Hill (SDC #3) and Manza Benchmark (SDC #19). Clouds enveloped the entire area, blocking views and threatening rain. None of that mattered for this super short first outing. Other than a drive up, it doesn't get easier than Wooded Hill. It's a gentle nature trail through a nice pine forest ending in some small summit boulders. A longer trail starts with the official signs while a more direct trail starts about 50' to the right. I took the short route and was back at the truck in 35 minutes. I am guessing this is the most family friendly peak on the San Diego Peaks list. While the area is nice, it's hard to believe it made the same list as San Ysidro East and Eagle Crag.

Start of a short trail

Even shorter trail

Summit boulder pile

Summit view of a very Wooded Hill

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