Trailhead: 33.022329, -117.096887
Personal Experience: The Hissing Hills consists of three main peaks that stretch out like the body of a slithering snake, with winds billowing through the valley creating a soft hiss and they blow by. Keep on alert as this area lives up to its name in other ways too. Rattlesnakes are a known predator amongst these trails. We came across one on our hike and it was winter! Make sure to keep a close eye on your dogs. Each peak graces us with gorgeous panoramic views of all the way to the ocean.
I would describe the hike to the first flag as moderately strenuous and about a mile 1-way. The trail is filled with loose rocks so make sure you wear shoes with good tracking. This is a great spot to view the sunset and hike back before dark. We have not hiked to the 2nd and 3rd flags yet but I will update once I do! I found this to be a fantastic hike for when you're looking to get a little exercise and beauty but are crunched on time or don't feel like hiking all day. These hills are directly above neighborhoods in Westwood and Lake Hodges.
Here's a great video I found on the man responsible for planting these flags amongst our city.
Wild lilac fills the canyons:
The views get pretty real quick:
The sun looks like a planet with rings:
I am not sure if this is a legitimate mortar or not:
You have a panoramic view up here:
The magic hour begins....
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