McGinty Mountain Trail

MODERATE 176 reviews

McGinty Mountain Trail is a 4.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Jamul, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1433 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

cave

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

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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It was a good hike. But need to be ready to do some moderate exercise.

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Awesome hidden gem out in east county. One of the most enjoyable hikes I've been on in a while. There's a part of it where you will need to look at your GPS, otherwise the trail gets a little hard to follow. We made it down just in time before the sun completely set. Only saw 4 other people on the entire trail. Great workout!

1 month ago

Nice little trail,pretty views

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It was a moderate to strenuous hike but so worth it. Only thing missing is the marker for the top.

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It was a good day to hike. Not crowded. Family and had a great time.

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1 month ago

Great trail with some signs, it keeps leading to different peaks, I think I ended at the right one/the highest peak I saw. The first peak or two you hit you might think you're done but keep going! Very rocky at some points- cool large rocks to climb on. I might have gotten lost coming back if I was alone cause some parts you don't see a trail too well, we saw 4 people during the whole hike which is pretty awesome. Good workout not too steep

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