Wooded Hill Nature Trail is a hiking trail in San Diego County, California. It is within Cleveland National Forest. It is 1.5 miles long and begins at 5,976 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is three miles with a total elevation gain of 782 feet. Near the trailhead there is a parking. Wooded Hill (elevation 6,214 feet) can be seen along the trail. There is also a water tank along the trail.
Wooded Hill Nature Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"If you’ve completed some of the other hikes found in the mountains of San Diego County, you’ve seen views north across the desert, east to the Salton Sea, and south from Stonewall Peak, but you haven’t seen any vistas west toward San Diego and the Pacific. Walk the easy-to-follow Wooded Hill Nature Trail when the air is especially clear and you’ll see a 200-mile panorama that reaches from the deserts to the east, far into Mexico to the south, and out west to San Diego and the blue ocean. Even if you’re not fortunate enough to find a clear day on which to hike, you’ll still find the Wooded Hill Nature Trail a pleasant journey, meandering up through pines and small boulders to its 6,220-foot summit."
--Sean O'Brien, Best Easy Day Hikes: San Diego (Falcon Guides).
"The figure-eight path of the Wooded Hill Nature Trail takes you to the highest wooded summit in the Laguna Mountains— 6223-foot Wooded Hill. (Three slightly higher summits are nearby, but they’re entirely brush-covered.) On and near the summit, you can view a wide panorama that encompasses (when the air’s very clear) San Diego, Point Loma, Santa Catalina Island, San Clemente Island, and the Coronado Islands. On the way up, you’ll probably catch sight of the white domes of Mount Laguna Observatory, San Diego State University’s off-campus site for astronomical research and instruction."
--Jerry Schad, Afoot & Afield: San Diego County (Wilderness Press).
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