9 May 2022
Three Sisters Falls Trail and Eagle Peak Trail
(7 miles, + 1,900/-1,900 feet).
Double Down and I originally planned to do an overnight on the PCT today, but it will be extremely cold and windy tonight. So we postponed the trip and decided to do a day hike today instead.
Three Sisters Falls is one of the most popular hikes in San Diego, which is impressive given how remote the trailhead is. It took us about an hour and a half to drive to it, the majority of it on windy gravel forest roads. (Thanks for driving Double D!)
Then when you get to the trailhead, there are tons of warnings about how hot it can be. I guess some people hike it on summer afternoons, when it must be miserable climbing back out of the canyon.
But today was not hot at all, and the hike started with a descent through beautiful springtime flowers.
It’s only a couple of miles to the lower falls, and we had them to ourselves.
It’s a steep off trail scramble to get to the upper two falls. Fortunately, someone left a fixed rope to make it a little easier to get up one of the tricky parts.
After climbing up and back, I rejoined Double Down and we headed back up to the junction with the Eagle Peak trail. We would use that to climb all the way to the peak.
The downhill from Eagle Peak was refreshing and well-timed after almost 2,000 feet of uphill. I certainly would not want to do this trip on days when dogs are dying!