Having been a bit disappointed in the local hiking around San Diego County and nearby, I was overjoyed to "discover" this lovely trail by happenstance on Trails.com. It sounded like a good one from the description, and seeing as few other trails are not deuded of trees from the fires and urban encroachment, I gave it a shot. The routing of this trail keeps the hiker on treadway more suited to foot traffic and limits the use of fire roads to a large extent. Taking the trail in the direction advised by the trail guide, it was about as perfect as a hike can be of this duration and elevation gain. The fliers monument stands as a memory to those who pioneered the industry as we know it today, and the views from the upper ridge portion of the trail traverse are about as fulfilling as anywhere I have been. I did it on a rather cold late April morning (avg was a comfortable 58 with a wind), which perhaps made it a bit more invigorating than later in the summer, even so, the trail moves in and out of shaded areas which these remaining stands bear mute testimony of the utter destruction of the fires this decade. This is one of the finest hikes I have taken in the area. Even though the parking area was rather well used on a Sunday, I only saw two others on horse back, outside of that, I could have been hundreds of miles into the back country. It was about as perfect as it can get in this area. If you have some energy and want a real threading path type of hike, this is the one for you.