Rock House

MODERATE 72 reviews

Rock House is a 4.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Chula Vista, California that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, trail running, and mountain biking. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

4.5 miles 999 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

lake

views

wildlife

rocky

Once on top, to the east you can see the eastern mountains, rolling hills, and the Salt Creek Golf Course; to the west and south you can see all of Bonita, Sweetwater Reservoir, and Chula Vista all the way to the bay and the sea. Enjoy views all the way to Mexico, Coronado, and Downtown San Diego. No shade, rapid elevation change, very steep in some areas. Loose rocks! Be careful on your way down.

mountain biking
2 days ago

I hike, bike, run this trail weekly for the challenge, relative solitude, and amount of other trails linked to it.

Yesterday, as I rode by the power lines, I felt an electrical current in my bike brake handle every time I touched it until I was 50 yards last it. Then during my ride, I developed a headache and nausea. I felt bad for 12 hours. I did some research, and this isn't a new hypothesis. It's called EMF.

hiking
11 days ago

This is like Cowles for Southbay. Not really hard but can be a little steep toward the first crest. But you can see more than enough from the top.

hiking
21 days ago

Fun trail! No shade so start early! It was definitely a workout going up. Watch your step when descending as there is lots of loose gravel.

27 days ago

fun easy hike

hiking
1 month ago

Of course I went the wrong way - I made a right instead of going straight across the cement "bridge." Couldn't find the switchbacks and the app wasn't working so I found the hill that goes straight up. It was a great workout. There's not too much to look at on the way up, reminds me a lot of McDowell mountain in Arizona, but it was pretty clear for a little bit, so I did get a nice view of downtown San Diego in the distance. It's worth it once you get to the top; so cool to see the American Flag and POW glad. I just sat up there for a while and took everything in. The climb down wasn't bad, and I did find the switchbacks this time, which I would recommend to take down because the straight up hill is too steep, and some people did slip down it as I was hiking up it. Good hike, I'd do it again.

hiking
1 month ago

REALLY wish I'd read the reviews first!

The trail isn't marked at all. So, just my luck, I went the wrong way and went up the wrong mountain (hill, probably) to start off with! It was only a mile off course, and the map on the app didn't help because poor reception.

On my way back to where I was pretty sure I was supposed to go I saw a trail going up so I took it. Apparently that's the steep side these reviews talk about. KILLER work out! I never found any switchbacks. Maybe a few near the top. It was pretty much straight up the whole way.

I went early so there wasn't really anyone to follow on the way back down and somehow I took the same steep side going back. DON'T DO THAT! Super dangerous without the right equipment. My shoes have great traction but I felt unsafe.

About the top:
Great view of all of San Diego. If you go early enough and catch the sun rising you get a stunning view of the light bouncing off of all the buildings Downtown.

Any Patriots will really love this hike. The hard work to get there and then seeing the American and POW flags gives you some real perspective. Do yourself a favor and take a minute to sing the National Anthem while you're there.

hiking
1 month ago

Moderate in difficulty with some good uphill (but not hard) workout. 75% of the trail has no shade, not much scenery, and an easy descent hurt the score but the view at the top kept it up. Once you reach that flag in the rocks, its incredible.

hiking
2 months ago

Very confusing with all of the different paths! Follow the map! If you stick to the switchbacks it's not a bad hike! Beautiful view in the end :)

2 months ago

2 months ago

Nice quick hike. Book to sign at top, also someone left water bottles on top for hikers.

3 months ago

Great hike

hiking
3 months ago

4 months ago

nobody takes the actual trail.
felt like that guy with the big head in the Shrek movie when running back haha but still nice and easy...

hiking
4 months ago

Awesome!!

4 months ago

For everyone talking about the switch backs, you are NOT supposed to cut across them. Nor are you supposed to go straight up the mountain!! You're destroying trails and wildlife by doing this, that can ultimately close down trails. If you don't know etiquette or how to stay ON a trail, you don't belong on them.

5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike, great workout, great for the dogs as well. The only downfall is the trail itself isn't really marked well and there's a few different roads/trails in the beginning which makes it confusing. NO SHADE! Definitely recommend going early and bring lots of water.

hiking
5 months ago

awesome view of all southbay... priceless..had lunch on top.make sure to keep going all the way to the top and u will see the flag...be careful going back down lots of lose gravel..

6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

It was excellent!! Great views!!! Make sure to hike the switchbacks and not just straight up the mountain, you not only get more steps in but it keeps the mountain from eroding. Look for the flag at the top !!!!