Hellhole Canyon Open Space Preserve Trail

Rincon, California

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The longest loops you can make in the preserve take you to elevations as high as 3100 feet on the shoulder of Rodriguez Mountain. Hiking those routes, mostly on south-facing slopes, can be hot and monotonous on most days, as there’s little or no shade. In addition, the Paradise Fire of 2003 swept the entire preserve, and the hillside vegetation is still in a recovery phase. The out-and-back route described here, which visits the historic Escondido Canal, features more moderate elevation changes.
Afoot & Afield: San Diego County

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Afoot & Afield: San Diego County

by Jerry Schad (Wilderness Press)

The longest loops you can make in the preserve take you to elevations as high as 3100 feet on the shoulder of Rodriguez Mountain. Hiking those routes, mostly on south-facing slopes, can be hot and monotonous on most days, as there’s little or no shade. In addition, the Paradise Fire of 2003 swept the entire preserve, and the hillside vegetation is still in a recovery phase. The out-and-back route described here, which visits the historic Escondido Canal, features more moderate elevation changes.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Rincon
Distance: 5
Elevation Gain: 700 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: November through May
Local Contacts: San Diego County Parks and Recreation Department
Local Maps: USGS Rodriguez Mtn
Topo Map: Hellhole Canyon Open Space Preserve Trail Topographic Map
Guide Book: Afoot & Afield: San Diego County Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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