Mt. Solmar

Mt. Solmar, Cabo San Lucas: Address, Mt. Solmar Reviews: 5/5

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smoletx
texas12 contributions
May 2022 • Friends
I’ll start by saying the views at the top are incredible! Also, get there by 815am sharp, as Enrique licks the gate and starts his overview then. Yes, he let a couple of stragglers in at 8:20ish, but it was a little bit disruptive.
Ok, the hike only takes 45 mins to get to the top, but the last 25 mins are a pure rock scramble, and you need leverage from all four of your limbs to climb in many places, and the same getting down. A backpack is a good idea for phones and water bottles. It gets hot, so hydration is key. If you drank a lot of alcohol the night before, you may struggle a bit, so keep that in mind. I definitely recommend the hike if you are physically able and have the proper expectations!
Written 29 May 2022
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Bean-Buggles
Plumsteadville, PA361 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
We did the morning hike with Enrique. We parked at the parking lot outside the naval base and walked to the dog kennel area. We saw lots of people walking that way and knew we were in the right place. It is hard to find so we looked for this the afternoon before. You can type in Mt Solmar on Google maps and it will have a green pin that says The Hike and that is where you meet Enrique. He started letting people in around 8:15 and started sharing some of the history of the area while the last few people joined. There had to be close to 100 people on the hike with us, which started at 8:30am and we were joined by a large number of well behaved dogs. The hike starts easy and then heads very steep with the need to climb over boulders, and the top being very craggy. We had one stop right before the steep part of the climb where Enrique shared more information about the energy of the location. This is not a formal hike, Enrique will not wait for all of the people to get to his location at the one rest stop to share information as there are just too many people, so I recommend being near the front half of the hike if you want to hear this. Enrique moves very quickly! For the most part, people did a good job on the hike moving out of the way if they were slowing the group down. There were many people out of breath even though at the steepest sections it was slow going single file. I had to hold my kids back many times because the line was so slow as people were trying to get traction on the rocks. It’s confusing at the top as there is no flat surface to stand on and people get held up near the Mexican flag pole. Just go around them as safely and carefully as possible as there are incredible views on all sides that you will want to see and take pictures of. Enrique wouldn’t allow small children on the hike and as we got to the top I totally understood why. It is definitely not safe for small children. My kids are 11 and 13 and they were fine. I’m not sure what the minimum age is, but I saw him turn away a 5 year old so the family had to split up and the mom stayed back with the child. Helps to plan ahead! Also, when Enrique is ready to head down, unless you are right near him, you will not know. He hikes FAST downhill and the terrain is so craggy at the top with huge boulders that you won’t see him leave. Be careful with your footing on the way down as we saw some people fall down on the loose terrain.

We are so grateful Enrique shares this land and experience with people. It was truly beautiful. We wanted to do it several times but couldn’t fit it into our schedule. Don’t forget to leave a tip!
Written 30 April 2022
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Jacqueline J
Lee's Summit, MO279 contributions
Apr 2022 • Friends
Agree with others A must do when in Cabo. Be ready it can be a bit tricky but we’ll worth it! The views are amazing! Such a unique experience hiking with the dogs!
Written 30 April 2022
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Jolie J
Gatineau, Canada261 contributions
Feb 2022
The meeting point for hiking with Enrique is close to the right side of the marina (walk till the very end of the marina, then turn left on the street and you'll notice/hear all his dogs).

Enrique starts by giving the group a history of the area. Then we all hike together, including some of the dogs to watch for snakes (they're super friendly and fun to play with - the dogs). I hike a lot but found the 2nd half of the hike quite intense (steep rock climbing with hand and legs, which was a little scary for me because I'm afraid of heights. The way down was even scarier for me because of how steep it felt). But many older people were doing it without a problem. The good thing is that the hike is not too long.

The views at the top are definitely worth all the effort. Absolutely gorgeous. I would do it again for the views. Wear good shoes, sun protection and water.
Written 20 April 2022
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fpalmtree
Palawan Island, Philippines101 contributions
Mar 2022
I really liked doing this. i was surprised when 65 people showed up on a Sunday Morning at 8 am. The hike starts out easy but then gets difficult. Needing hands to hold on to rocks, sliding on loose rocks. Everyone was friendly and helped each other. We all made it to the top. The dogs loved all the people. This was a highlight of my trip to Cabo.
Written 6 March 2022
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philliegirl26
Rochester, MN119 contributions
Mar 2022
Other reviews are spot on!! This is an amazing experience and highly recommended. Just want to say that we are a 69 and 64 year-old couple, and we were able to manage this hike/climb just fine - but can't deny that it was a work-out. Easy walk from the marina to the starting location - but don't be late!
Written 4 March 2022
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aah9095
Chicago, IL75 contributions
Feb 2022
Best part of the trip is of course the view. Enrique is awesome,, Full of info and history of the Mt. This is a DO NOT MISS !
Hard to find.. Right outside the Marina ,. Look for the dog training area . Enrique opens the gate at 8;15 One tour a day.. DONT BE LATE... The dogs go to the top with the travelers.
Im gonna argue with Angela.. I have not gone on a hike since boy scouts and never have rock climbed.. I made it no prob. I wore a pair of trail running shoes and had no problem. My girl wore Nike running shoes and slipped a little. I am 54 and in decent shape. There were a few ladies older than me and a few kids under the age of 12. Go Have fun. bring a bottle of water and your camer !
Written 3 March 2022
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Michael M
Marcus, IA18 contributions
Feb 2022 • Friends
This was the best thing I did while staying in Cabo San Lucas. It’s not well-advertised and you have to do a little research, however, the view of the Pacific, the beaches, the marina, and Cabo are incredible!!! On the southside of the Marina simply take Blvd. Paseo de la Marina down to the Mexican Naval Station. Look on your right and you will see a drive entrance with a fence and a person-gate in the fence. You will see several fenced-off kennels for dogs and in the back of the property is a beige building with a carport on front of it. (Looks similar to an old gas station). There are also signs on the fence that say “Hiking Cerro del Vigía.” You will also know your in the right place when you see all the dogs.

Be there no later than 8:00 AM Sunday through Friday. The gentleman who runs this hike and dog-training operation is Enrique Morales. Enrique is an awesome guide and a fountain of knowledge. He provides a lot of history of the property, as he should know because this is his 32nd year of doing this. Enrique is very guest-centered and the dogs know this too! They get to go up the mountain with each group, and Enrique takes them up a 2nd time each day.

Be prepared and take some water. You run the risk of dehydration in the desert climate. Also, wear some hiking boots and be prepared to 3-point climb. It is a steep grade going up and you will want to take your time and stay safe. Not a professional climb, but not a Sunday stroll either. Those who have any health-limitations I would recommend sizing up this climb before taking it on. It takes about 2 hours up and back and it is 544 feet above the ocean surface. This is a “tip-only” operation and Enrique does not charge a fee, so being generous keeps the dogs well-taken care of.

Once on-top, Enrique allows the group to scamper over the peak for various views and we stayed up top at least 20 minutes. If you do it, you won’t be disappointed.
Written 28 February 2022
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Heather405
Vernon, Canada16 contributions
Feb 2022 • Solo
Did the hike with the guy at the dog compound. Amazing hike, views and panoramas!!! Very difficult at times, scrambling up and over rocks, both up and down, but worth the efforts. Get a few history and area speeches from the guy and then get to walk with his dogs, about 12-15 of them 😊. I gave him a tip at the end, not sure if it is required.
Written 21 February 2022
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Angela S
1 contribution
Feb 2022 • Couples
Hike begins at 815am. He provides history of the area which is very informative. His training dogs make the trek with the group. Very well mannered. Once we got to the top agreed with all reviews it's an incredible view. However, if you are not an advid hiker or not in good shape this is NOT the Hike for you.
Written 17 February 2022
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