Nice very clean quiet

All the reviews say tough up & down but isn’t there also obviously a road since their are towers to maintain. Although I prefer trails to roads, I also prefer running to climbing. Does anyone have info if the road is accessible? Thank You

Probably one of the best workouts i ever had. But since its closure i’ve been trying to find something else like it. If anyone knows a different way to get up there, without being ticketed or arrested, or even another trail near by that’s like this one. Please let us know.

Is this trail still closed???

Okay so I have been hiking these parts for 15 years, went on this trail 3 years ago before it closed on the JAMUL side. You access it by hiking parallel to the Sweetwater River before the ascent. Then I went again a year ago and they had the closed sign after you go left passing the wood bridge. So I assumed it was closed. Yesterday I was out there planning on staying on the lower trail. But I walked by where they had the first sign, and there was a hole in the ground where it was. So hell yeah I went up! But the signs were all gone yesterday. So I went all the way to the transmitters/radio towers. Its still as beautiful and leg murdering as before. So is the Jamul side reopened to the public?? Or did someone just rip the signs out? I love this trail but cant afford a ticket D;

My trial 'USA v. ARNER,' described in my posting below, in which I am striving to beat a "Trespassing' ticket and $280 fine in federal court has been continued at my request until Sept. 29 at 9:30 a.m., at the address noted below. The historic nature of this trail goes back 7,000 years, according to documents contained in the Final Supplemental EIR for the 1,200-acre Salt Creek Ranch housing project, which was published for Chula Vista in 1992. On pages 3-52 and 3-53, the document states that 19 prehistoric archaeological sites had been discovered at the western foot of San Miguel Mountain, about where this hiking trail starts just east of Proctor Valley Road. More than 8,000 artifacts were recovered from those sites, which included quarry sites, lithic scatters, and habitation sites, the study said. It added that "all" the sites appear to be part of a settlement system occupied as early as 7,000 years ago, based on the presence of various "diagnostic artifacts" including "biface tools (points/knives), milling tools, (manos/metates), hammerstones, cores, scraping tools, and faunal remains of shell and bone. Some of the sites had previously been recorded by the County of San Diego Office of Historic Preservation, and federal agencies as important to our understanding of early prehistoric occupation in the county. The 1990 topo map also lists an "Indian Dam" along the side of the Mountain, roughly a mile to the south of the Salt Creek Ranch project. As a hiker for more than 50 years, it seems likely that a settlement of any people that lasted thousands of years at the foot of a mountain, meant that the residents had named the mountain, and regularly hiked to its peak, to hut, to admire the view, and possibly for religious reasons, as well. That's the Pre-historic part of my argument.

Fantastic View; Fantastic $280 fine for 'Trespassing' on this Historic trail. Need HELP from Hiking Community to prove that a JeepTrail on a 1990 USGS Topographical map is part of Hiking trail to the San Miguel Mountain Peak.
I'm asking anyone who has hiked this trail, or driven up the Jeep Trail, during the past 40 years, to email me at:, so I can arrange for testimony or affidavits for US District Court, Southern District of California. Trial Date is Aug 11, 2017, 9:30 a.m. Case #3:17-po-01007-BLM, USA v ARNER. Ct address: 222 W. Broadway, 3rd Floor, Rm 3A, San Diego CA.
The continuing effort by Chula Vista and the USFWS to 'permanently' close this historic trail could get a Federal Judge's Blessing, unless experienced Hikers speak up. Thank you in advance for your support!I have posted several maps and memos on this website that document my research about the trail, and the government efforts to close it with substantial help from owners of the Antennae Property on the Peak.

mountain biking
6 months ago

mountain biking
8 months ago

This is one of my first MTB trails and I would have to say this good track trail to start with if you are new to MTBing. The loop around the Golf Course is very easy, although you can take it up a notch if you want want to venture more East towards the Sweetwater Campground (where all the climbing begins).

9 months ago

We love to take this hike, do it about once or twice a month..

10 months ago

beautiful views perfect for running

10 months ago

good ride kind of quick super fast comi g down

11 months ago

It was a very hard trial, but also very fun to do. I saw a lot of wildlife there. Like a rattlesnake. You are going to have so much fun on this trial

did this several years ago. beautiful view from the top

11 months ago

Nice and easy but not very natural and lots of trash in the river which makes it pretty gross to look at at times. Good running trail and looks fun on a bike (easy, flat).

Danniela, for those of us who want to do it illegally

Why is this hike on the list if it's been officially closed for a while now?

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.

This thing is steep. Real good workout to get your heart rate up. I'd avoid it if you have bad knees or anything like that.
I grabbed some big rocks to do arm exercises on the way down...

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.

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