This was my second peak of the day and the temperature just kept on rising. I parked by the Old Mission Dam area and started hiking up the trail and was presented with a beautiful view of Kwaay Paay Peak from the trailhead.
The trail was fairly straightforward and not too steep until the last .5 miles. At that point, you are presented with a steep slope leading straight up the side of the mountain. In 100F weather, and being the second hike of the day, it is not for the faint of heart. I climbed the near-vertical slope, which would be great if I was going downhill on a pair of skis, and reached the level part of the trail on top. I reached the summit and drank plenty of water, enjoying the view of the San Diego River Valley.
To the north, I could see the span on the 52 Freeway and the barren rolling hills of USMC Air Station Miramar. Wiping sweat from my eyes, I started on the dusty trail downward.
The themometer in my car read 100F at the trailhead, easily 13-15 degrees hotter than yesterday. One more trail to go for double-digit peak completion.