McGinty Mountain Trail is a 4.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Jamul, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length4.5 miElevation gain1,263 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingCaveDog friendlyViewswild-flowersWildlifeOver grownRockyScrambleNo shade
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This hike offers beautiful views of San Diego. It isn't well marked, so it may require some route finding at points. Make sure to download the map before heading out there! After rains it can be a bit washed out and muddy. In the hot months make sure to bring enough water and sunscreen as there is no shade and it gets very hot there. There are many car break-ins at the trailhead so make sure to not leave anything in your car.

There is a 17-space parking lot and trail staging area located on Jamul Drive, approximately one-half mile west of Lyons Valley Road, in Jamul, California. There are no portable toilets available.

Us Fish & Wildlife Service 1080 Gunpowder Point Drive, Chula Vista, California 91910 http://www.fws.gov/refuge/San_Diego/About_the_Complex.html

From northern or western San Diego, take the 54 East and merge onto the 94 East. The 94 eventually turns back into the 54, or, Jamacha Blvd. Pass the shopping centers and make your first right on Willow Glen Drive. Make your first right onto Steele Cyn Rd. where you will see signs for the Cottonwood Golf Course. Make your first left onto Jamul Drive. Drive carefully up the canyon for a couple miles and turn left into the dirt lot where the trailhead is located. From southern San Diego, or Campo area, drive up the 94 until you see Lyons Valley Rd. Turn right onto Lyons Valley, and left onto Jamul Drive. Right after you pass the Jamul Community Church, the trailhead parking lot will be on your right.

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Viktor Basurto
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Corey Hansel
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A beautiful day to hike. Trails were the same as they always are.

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Phillip Reuss
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Hannah Robbins
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Holy hell of an incline. First moderate trail that has made me break a sweat in awhile. The descent is rough with the trail being washed out and rocky. Was nice but wouldn’t do it again bc it hurt my knees :)

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Ron Wong
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Not crowded. Started before 8 AM and the weather was perfect and the trail was dry. Done in 2 hours. I wish people would carry out their poop bags rather than leaving them on the trail.

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Steph Seempsun
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Great trail. Would rate as moderate-strenuous. I had to stop several times to catch my breath but the views are 100% worth it! If you don’t want to go all the way to the top there are plenty of great stopping points. Don’t be fooled. That first mountain you climb is not the end! You got two more to go! The kid made trail signs were super cute. BEWARE on my way back down on 2/27 I heard some coyotes yipping on the hillside by the houses that sit on the ridge and it was about 3:30pm. Did not get a sighting but they were definitely close by , by the sounds of it!

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Megan Geiger
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Warm with little shade during the day. Recommend going in the morning. Good burn with some panoramic views. Can see the ocean on a clear day

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Anna Choi
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What a great hike! Feels like an undiscovered gem because it’s quiet, not too many people, great views and a decent challenge. I’d say moderate-difficult because of some of the uphill assent. It was hot with not too much shade at 230p so as always, bring plenty of water and a hat. Going down was nice.

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Susan F
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360 views. No shade. Hiking boots better than sneakers. App kept me on track. Would bring hiking poles next time.

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Jonathan K.
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Beth Chance
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One of my favorite hikes. Beautiful views. Not heavily trafficked.

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Sarah Jamison
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Great hike! Steep and challenging but wide open dirt trail. Beautiful at the top. No shade.

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Kerry Schuster
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HikingMuddy

Nice trail. Unfortunately, didn't see much else. Will have to come back on a clear day. I imagined that "McGinty" is Scottish for "Shrouded in Mist!" :-)

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Elizabeth Wilder
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Like mentioned below, slightly strenuous for a beginner but the beautiful views are worth the trek. Definitely recommend checking in on the map a few times throughout.

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Rialyn Naz
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Tristan Wirtz
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Ali Kolb
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Nice quick route with good uphill.

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megan spurling
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Really enjoyable - felt like a decent climb for a relatively short hike. There are lots of side trails so it’s important to track your progress if you don’t want to backtrack a lot

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Carrie Gibson
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Chris Pierce
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Joseph Powell
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Lynn Caron
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It was a hot one. So nice to have my granddog with me.

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Abbey Morton
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Was really great! Not too crowded.

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G Showe
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Nice hike. Not super hard but steeper than expected, wife almost did not make it.

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Jaime Suria
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Great trail. Small parking lot, was full when we arrived but barely saw anyone on the hike.

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Corey Hansel
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I always enjoy hiking here. It is definitely Moderate skill level and very peaceful with beautiful views.

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