91 Flights Climbed and 6.8 miles Santa Ysabel Hike: San Diego Outdoor Photographer


Okay – soak those stats in for a minute would you please?

The ’91 flights of stairs climbed’ —  in a single 7 mile hike?  GULP!

Let me start by saying the hike was labelled as “Moderate” not “Strenuous”

**And let me also say I think it was strenuous….especially since it was HOT… around 95 degrees that day….and it was uphill….both ways….”

We’ve noticed this trailhead every time we drove to Julian – and have always wanted to check it out.

Today was the day – it’s in Santa Ysabel and really is gorgeous.

(Coyote!   Also saw a deer but too far away to photograph.)

The scenery was gorgeous.  The hills, not so much….lol

Here’s me looking for a shortcut – and not finding one….

We are planning to go back in the spring because all the reviews say the wildflowers are amazing…didn’t see any rattlesnakes so that was amazing too.

Crossing the raging river!


Part of the trail overlaps the Coast to Crest Trail!  How cool is that!

In case you didn’t know, the Coast to Crest Trail,  starts seaside in Del Mar and goes to Julian!

It is planned to travel 70 miles east through wetlands, chaparral, open meadows and dense forests to 5,850-foot Volcan Mountain.

And after that 7 mile hike, guess what we did?

Drove the rest of the way to Julian for our favorite Apple Salad at the Julian Cafe.  And also drank 4 glasses of diet coke.  We were parched.


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