Hissing Hills

"I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, 'If this isn't nice, I don't know what it is.'"



Hissing Hills

Where to park: Via del Campo right off of Rancho Bernardo rd.

33.022329, -117.096887

I am not positive, but I believe this *may* be a no-trespassing zone despite a decent amount of people of all ages hiking to the top. There is a no-trespassing sign at the trailhead.  If that makes you uncomfortable, this hike is not for you.

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.

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Wild lilac fills the canyons:

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The views get pretty real quick:

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The sun looks like a planet with rings:

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I am not sure if this is a legitimate mortar or not:

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You have a panoramic view up here:

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The magic hour begins....

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