Fantastic hike with a fantastic price tag. Trespassing = $289 fine. Golfers at the course called Fish & Game and an officer was waiting for us. He watched us through a spotting scope. He was the nicest officer but the fine wasn't worth the hike.
Looks like people need to make sure they are on the right trail before they review this one. Rock House is much easier and is often mistaken for this trail, maybe because of the main picture. There's a big difference between 970 feet of elevation gain and 2100.
the trail you mention here is not all own by fish & wild life. this trail cut thru a private property own by me. anyone is welcome to hike thru my 12 acres property without hindrance. here is the description of the property. start from the fence up about 400 ft x 1350ft to the east, anyone can check it on the county land parcel # 585-140-08-00 or email me at email@example.com.
The trail is definitely tough, but doable. And because it is "closed to the public" there are three fences/gates that you need to navigate through. It took us 3 1/2 hours to go both ways. And coming down is challenging too, as it is steep. The views at the top are worth the effort though, with great views to the west out to Pt. Loma, south to Otay Lakes and mountains to the east.
The fact they have closed the trail to the public, is a shame. Here is the official reason given by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service http://bit.ly/2gP2zWF
Considering the adjoining Sweetwater River Trail has figured out a way to accommodate hikers, I would think the we could figure out a way to do it here too. And after all, it was our tax dollars that allowed this land to be acquired in the first place.