We'll be climbing the Flume Trail from El Monte County Park to Blossom Valley, about 2.2 miles if we go all the way. This is a steep trail with lots of switchbacks, and great views of El Monte Valley. We'll return by the same route.
Since the trail is steep, the pace will be slow, at least on the way up. There is bench near the highest part of the trail, about 1.8 miles out. If we've had enough, we can turn around there instead of going all the way to Blossom Valley.
Meet at 9:30 AM in the free parking area on the north side of El Monte Road near El Monte County Park (Thomas 1213 A6, N[masked] W[masked]).
SUGGESTED ROUTE FROM DOWNTOWN SAN DIEGO: Go east on I-8 to exit 23 (Lake Jennings Park Road). Go north on Lake Jennings Park Road about two miles and turn right on El Monte Road. Follow El Monte Road about five miles to the trailhead parking area, which will be on your left. If you reach the entrance to El Monte County Park, you've gone a little too far.
This hike was originally scheduled for November 21, but it was cancelled due to RAIN. Pray for better weather on December 5!