After exploring some of the Old Flume Trail, I made the short drive to Louis A. Stelzer County Park. I had driven past this park numerous times when I was headed further up the road to climb El Cajon Mountain. This was another stop on the San Diego County Parks’ Tour Our Trails Challenge. The trail would follow the creek that runs through it before making the climb to Kumeyaay Promontory where the required photo was to be taken. But looming to the east was Stelzer Summit, so I continued on to its summit. I was glad to have my trekking poles, as it got steep as I climbed the road. This entire hike was such a lovely surprise.
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.