By Greg Dunne
April 28, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) -- My friend, David Hart, and myself went on a long and strenuous six-hour but fun hike of all five peaks at Mission Trails Regional Park on Wednesday. We enjoyed seeing many of nature’s wild life. Mule Deer, Red Diamondback Rattlesnake (always be aware of rattlesnakes this time of year), a Gopher Snake, (the gopher snake I befriended and then let him back on his way), and even a Jerusalem Cricket.
We started at Baker's Way Trailhead to get to the top of Cowles Mountain, our first peak. Baker’s Way is open to the public to hike to the top of Cowles Mountain. The other four peaks we climbed in the same day were Pyles Peak, North Fortuna, South Fortuna, and last the very steep Kwaay Paay Peak.
We stopped in at the visitor’s center along the way and talked to the Executive Director Jay Wilson. Jay said he was very pleased with the progress they are making on the upgrade of the trail on Cowles Mountain. I took some photos of the crew hard at work. Always a pleasure to stop by at the visitors center at Mission Trails Regional Park, they have a great staff.