I decided to take advantage of the lovely weather and go complete another one of the hikes on the Coast to Crest Challenge, this time the hike along the north shore of Lake Hodges. This hike was a fast solo hike as the wife was feeling the effects of being woken up by a call at 4 am from Israel regarding my son’s birthday present.
The trail was filled with a few families enjoying their time off, along with the occasional group of mountain bikers whizzing by. Unlike the Highland Valley Trail, this one is nice and wide.
It felt odd not to make the right hand turn to begin the trail up to the summit of Bernardo Mountain, but the designated selfie spot was straight along the main trail.
Grabbing the required photo, I headed back to the car, passing more hikers and bikers along the way. All in all, a fun 3.7 miles, and my second hike completed for 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.