VCTA Hellhole Canyon Hike – the Big Loop

Friday, February 1, 2019 – 8:00 AM

Hellhole Canyon Hike – the Big Loop

This hike starts at the Hellhole Canyon Preserve parking lot, descends steeply to Hell Creek, and then begins a long ascent on the Paradise and Rodriquez Mountain trails. Hikers will be rewarded at the top with a ridge walk straddling Pauma Valley and Valley Center.

This hike is rated advanced. The hike is strenuous; participants should be physically fit and have recent experience walking longer than two hours. The hike includes steep, sustained uphill and unstable downhill sections. The total distance is about eight miles; hikers should plan to hike for four hours or more at a moderate pace. The hike is on established trails, some narrow. Wear long pants, footwear you can count on, and sun protection; bring water.

Meeting place: Hellhole Canyon Preserve parking lot, 19324 Santee Lane, Valley Center. Take Woods Valley Road for 3.9 miles. Continue onto Paradise Mountain Rd for 3.3 miles. Turn right onto Los Hermanos Ranch Rd/Paradise Mtn Rd and immediately turn left onto Kiavo Rd. Take Kiavo Rd. for .5 miles to Santee Lane and make a left to the preserve entrance.