Nice view, no crowd at all (hardly saw 4 others during the entire hike), good mix of flat and moderately steep climb.
Not many signs so bit confusing without all trail maps and parking is bit tricky if you come early in the morning as you will need to park inside the camp site.
This trail is actually 7 miles in and out to the flag. If you do all 11 miles you will end up at the beginning of the Rockhouse. There is no shade at all so try not to do it on a hot day. Nice incline for about 1.5 miles. Good work out and a nice view of the city and lake.
Wilson R. on Mother Miguel Trail
MTB review. First, start from sweet water reservoir (ask park rangers how to get there). The first part if the trail is all pretty easy - just make a left sling bank, and keep right after power station and wrap around the mountain It's all uphill but not bad. Once you wrap around the mountain you will see stadium lighting, a ravine and an odious trail making its accent up the mountain from the canyon. The mountain is very steep, but there are a lot of switchbacks to get up there, USE THEM! This is the most difficult and grueling part of the trail! After that just follow the ridge line along the east side of the mountain and up to the peak. It's almost entirely single track and mostly compacted dirt. The lines if sight are long and you can really get some speed on the way down. Its a great ride, great cardio, great challenge and a blazing down hill. Bring an energy bar and lots of water!
My husband and I tried to find the hike today and google took us to too different places that were wrong. We went to San Miguel community park because a park ranger at sweet water park told us that the hike was there.. It wasn't. There were some trails but it wasn't this one.. Does anyone have the exact trailhead address?
You have to walk through the camp ground a little to get to the trailhead. We went on the wrong trail towards the lake for a while and got stopped by a fence. We found the right trail and hiked to the top with the water tower.
It's a nice little hike but there is no shade at all in the trail. At the top there was a few tables under some trees that was nice. The view of the lake is nice but you are in the middle of the city still.
Tough hike, especially with the 28-lb packs my husband & I were toting (training for Whitney). We did it today - hiked up to the flag, then bushwhacked a bit to get back to the east-bound trail to the top of San Miguel (the flag marks the halfway point to San Miguel). There are NO switchbacks - this trail is straight up & straight down. We saw lots of wildlife, and lots of people too (not like Cowles, but still more than I anticipated). There are lovely views and there was a nice breeze coming up the ridge.
There is no shade, so bring plenty of water. We decided to leave our dog at home this time so we could practice with our trekking poles, and we're glad we did - most of the trail is on loose scree.
There are no facilities anywhere along this trail.