About 60 miles east of San Diego, the Volcan Mountains rise to a height of a little under 5400 feet above sea level. Their rounded summits are an expanse of grassland mixed with groves of oak and cedar. Rob and I got an early start as the forecast was for very hot monsoonal weather with afternoon thunderstorms brewing. It was a good day for wildlife viewing. We seen two deer, grey mountain squirrels, a horny toad, and a bobcat crossing the road. Beautiful hike.