Del Dios Gorge

Distance: 4.2 miles
Date: July 15, 2017

One of the five hikes that make up this year’s Coast to Crest Challenge is a hike along the Del Dios Gorge to the Rattlesnake Viewpoint. I never knew there was a trail along the gorge. Usually, I am paying attention to the winding road. I pulled into the parking area bright and early as I had an event later in the morning.

The trail follows the San Dieguito River east toward the Lake Hodges dam. The river was flowing as I crossed over it. There is always something special about a bridge.

Soon I was at the end of the trail. There was a nice interactive art piece. It provides a viewport toward the dam. I snapped my required photo and enjoyed the morning sun in the fog.

 I cruised back to car one hike closer to finish this Challenge!


I am an avid peak bagger, sometimes backpacker, and former sea-kayaker living in San Diego. In 2019, I became the third person to complete the San Diego 100 Peak Challenge. Not stopping with that accomplishment, I set my sights on the harder San Diego Sierra Club 100 Peak list, which I completed in 2021. In addition, I have conquered several Six-Pack of Peaks challenges (SoCal, San Diego, and Arizona-Winter). Beyond attempting the San Diego Sierra Club 100 Peak list a second time, I am looking forward to exploring new summits and new adventures across the southwest. 

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