Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Quick and Dirty - Extreme San Diego Hiking

Hi Guys,

So you live in a gorgeous location with beaches, babes, breweries, and all kinds of fun. Did you know San Diego also has some awesome local hike locations?

Here are a few of the most popular hikes around town. In order from shortest to longest.

  • Cowle's Mountain - [3 Miles Round Trip]
    • Always crowded, but the best blend of difficulty and distance for a quick 30-45min blaster. (Tip: take the Barker Way trail to avoid crowds and add a measure of difficulty.)
    • For those in need of a further challenge, a trail at the top of Cowles Mountain leads an additional 2 miles to the top of nearby Pyle's Peak.
  • Iron Mountain - [5.8 Miles Round Trip] 
    • Never too crowded because there is so much room. This hike is easier than Cowle's Mtn, but double the distance. The views make up for the easy incline.
    • This is a joggers hike. If you can do it under 80 minutes you will burn 1000 Calories!
  • Mount Woodson (Potato Chip Rock) [6.4 Miles Round Trip] 
    • Pretty tough, but the view at the top is well worth all the effort. The trail is well-maintained, but narrow in places. Great photo opportunity at the top when you reach the unmistakable Potato Chip Rock.
    • This is a two hour time commitment even if you're moving quick. If you can hammer through this one in 90 minutes you are rock solid!

Follow these tips to turn these hikes from easy jaunts into rock solid fat blasters. You'll need determination made up of gasoline and broken glass to make it happen, but if you can do it soon you'll be carved out of wood!

  1. Set a round trip time goal.
  2. Jog or run as much as you can to the top.
  3. Jog or run ALL THE WAY back down.
  4. Don't forget your water.
  5. Take a Tiger bar with you.
  6. If you need to rest. Rest. Once you're able to start moving again. Move fast.
  7. Have fun!
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*Note: I am not a personal trainer, just a health nut. I read, I consult pros, I live clean, and I practice what I preach. If you choose to do any of my workouts make sure you stay within your limits. I am not responsible for your injuries. Take the proper precautions and consult a professional or doctor to make sure you are healthy enough to be doing anything described here.