Hikers challenged to summit 5 local peaks

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Photo: Dolwain Green
Photo: Dolwain Green

SAN DIEGO — City and county of San Diego officials officially launched a challenge to hikers to climb the five highest summits at Mission Trails Regional Park over the weekend.

Park rangers designed the Five Peaks Challenge to be completed in parts over several weekends to make it accessible to both novice and veteran hikers.

“Mission Trails is one of San Diego’s greatest jewels and this event will showcase that,” said San Diego Councilman Scott Sherman, who chairs the Mission Trails Regional Park Task Force. “The Five Peak Challenge is a wonderful event for all ages and will assist in reducing traffic on Cowles Mountain by encouraging hikers to venture onto some of the less utilized trails.”

The five peaks within the 7,200-acre park include 1,592-foot Cowles Mountain, 1,379-foot Pyles Peak, 1,291-foot North Fortuna Mountain, 1,194-foot Kwaay Paay, and 1,094-foot South Fortuna Mountain.

Participants will traverse a total of 11.5 miles of hiking trails with more than 6,000 feet in total elevation change.

Hikers can participate in the challenge by taking photos of themselves next to the summit sign at each peak and showing them to a volunteer at the park’s visitor center. The first 100 to finish the challenge will be entered into a drawing for outdoor equipment.

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