McGinty Mountain Trail

HARD 27 reviews

McGinty Mountain Trail is a 4.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near El Cajon, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1371 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Bring plenty of water and a snack. You'll burn a ton of calories. This ride can also be done at night. Bring a camera. Beautiful views.

hiking
19 days ago

Terrible hike. The part of the "trail" that goes along Jamul Drive is on the shoulder without a sidewalk, it's unsafe. Do not do this hike. Instead, you can do out-and-back from the trailhead dirt lot to the old house, all of which is relatively well marked and safe.

1 month ago

Trailhead was difficult to find.. actually, it was never found. Ended up walking 2ish miles from the elementary school through a PRIVATE golf course. Was eventually stopped by a worker and was asked to turn around.

hiking
2 months ago

Initial track within a golf course – arrived at the real trail and a closed gate. At about 2.98 m into the track (32,45.53 N; 116,52.84 W) found two snakes in my way (see 6 photos – all same location). As a Newbie in CA I was unable to identify the danger (poisonous snake?) and decided to return. No other person on the track. Trail marks only from mountain bike tires and myself.

hiking
2 months ago

10 mile trail run. I liked the variation of terrain and it was difficult - it can be a challenge for anyone. The first and last few miles are paved roads or golf cart paths (which made it a little awkward going by golfers), which I wouldn't care to "hike" but certainly a good warm up/cool down for a run!

3 months ago

Start at the trail head and park. Follow the path that is well marked to the top. All up hill but feels great when you get there.

hiking
3 months ago

Just a heads up before you do this trail- this route starts around Jamacha Elementary School. You walk along Jamul Road for about 3 miles before you actually ever get to the trail head (along a thin neighborhood road with cars driving by at 60mph). The actual McGinty trail is great, but pretty tough in some stretches. The view at the top is beautiful on a clear day- you can see all the way out to Point Loma, Mt. Soledad, and beyond. At the bottom of the trail, you have to basically walk across the golf course... and wonder around going back and forth trying to find your way back to the starting point. Overall, it was about 10 Miles, but I’d recommend just parking at the main trail head (there’s room for about 8-10 cars) and hiking in and out, not doing the loop.

hiking
4 months ago

pretty cool until you hit the golf course and have to walk on Jamul Rd. Recommend point to point with two cars or out and back. The route I did is three stars, without the GC it would’ve been five

mountain biking
10 months ago

the first two hours that it was really difficult. the uphill never stops and some of the uphill is extremely difficult I had to get off and walk. definitely made for hiking until you get to the top of the mountain. The downhill part was a blast and extremely long. You pay the price for that though. about the first mile and a half of the downhill is not kept up at all but once you get to the very back side of the mountain that part has been ridden a lot and is extremely fun. There's even some pretty good jump heading through the trail. you end up on a golf course which is a little difficult to navigate your way back to the road.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

not impressed....not a good trail for hikers, and not a view at all. couldn't find the loop trail. only positive....no other people on the trail.

recorded 2-12-18 McGinty

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