Mother Miguel Mountain Via Rock House Trail

MODERATE 510 reviews

Mother Miguel Mountain Via Rock House Trail is a 4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Eastlake, 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.

DISTANCE
4.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
974 feet
ROUTE TYPE
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.

hiking
38 minutes ago

Was a great hike. It gets pretty step right in the beginning for about half the hike and then it smooths off some. Great view at the top and as of yesterday the flags were still there.

hiking
10 days ago

Super Bonita caminata, la vista preciosa. Un poco resbaloso al regreso por que te resbalas con las piedritas.

hiking
12 days ago

so much fun. i love this place. its local and more fun/ less crowded than cowles.

hiking
18 days ago

A very pleasant hike in early spring. We didn't start the hike until around 11 am. It was sunny but there was a nice cool breeze almost the whole time, so it was very comfortable. It's easy to see how it could be brutally hot in warmer weather though. You can choose to hike the steep trail straight up if you want the incline. We opted for the switchbacks to get a little more milage. The main reasons for not giving it more stars were the lack of trail markings, the heavily eroded trail with all its loose rocks, and the view which, while nice, was nothing spectacular. Overall, it was an enjoyable outing, but nothing to write home about.

P.S. The flag is still there

hiking
24 days ago

Went on yesterday with a group of people and 2 dogs. My brother in law invited us because he regularly goes there. Awesome view throughout the hike and got better on the top.
Once you get to top there's no other way back but how you got up. Don't make the mistake I did trying to find another way down. It looks like there is but there isn't. A 3.5 mile hike turned into a 9 mile hike haha good times

hiking
24 days ago

Nice hike and was not too populated. I can imagine it getting hot in the summer, but it wasn'y too hot when I went..I used the switchbacks on my way up to avoid the loose rocks on the trail leading straight up. I would recommend that everyone does the same to avoid erosion. I will definitely do it again for an easy hike, but will try to bring water next time.

hiking
1 month ago

Definitely a great leg workout! Brought my GSD and he made it up no problem! Steep coming down so wear hiking shoes! Can’t wait to go back up on a clear day.

hiking
1 month ago

I took my dogs on a rainy Sunday morning! This trail is a steady incline to the top but nothing too difficult. No shade so be sure to go early and bring plenty of water.

1 month ago

Great hike. Just watch out for the loose rocks on the way down.

1 month ago

moderate? maybe I'm just getting old. but i loved it

Great trail!!!

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing view! I was so proud of my 3 yr old for making it to the top and back down without any assistance. I loved that it wasn’t heavily populated and enjoyed seeing all the dogs out on the trail as well. Kid/dog friendly. Definitely a must!

1 month ago

Bring hiking sticks, very loose and steep..

1 month ago

Great hike. Bring lots of water. Flag is still up 2/24/18

hiking
1 month ago

Steep, loose rocks, hot when hiking, cool at top, beautiful views.

2 months ago

This trail may not be the ideal trail for a first time hiker (pending on one's conditioning). 10 mins into the hike you are met w/40-50 degree inclines. Fortunately there are less challenging paths that gives you the option to go aggressive or to be gradual.

Over all the view once you reach the summit, makes the trek all worth while. I will definitely be back to do this trail again. One word of advice, wear proper hiking footwear. Terrain on this trail varies from loose gravel, to rocky, and uneven surfaces.

2 months ago

It was great hike with great views! Overall enjoyed it and would recommend this hike for anyone.

hiking
2 months ago

Does anyone know if the flag is still up ??

hiking
2 months ago

Nice close hike if limited on time. Way too many people cutting switchbacks have created serious erosion issues. Planned work on trail seems stalled forever

mountain biking
2 months ago

Park at San Miguel Park. There are many trails on the approach veering off towards Sweetwater reservoir. On a bike this gives you options to extend your trip. There are 2-3 trailheads at the base of the climb. Very steep initial entrance, may need to walk a bike for a short ways before hopping on. You can take the switchbacks or plow straight upwards for a bit of a quad pump. Very challenging protrusions of rocks for bikers on the switchbacks and along the trails once over the top. A full suspension with some speed could float over them, but a hardtail will need to pick over carefully. Once topped out at the Rockhouse, a nice view awaits, and more trails leading out of the top meadow area towards Mount Miguel or Sweetwater. More hiking or biking possibilities there and descent options down the backside as well. Saw a huge deer with a full rack near the top TWICE. Once a huge tarantula, and coyotes/rabbits/snakes are common. HOT in the summer with radiant heat from the sun exposure in the afternoons. Bring fluids.

hiking
2 months ago

Does anybody has the physical address of this trail? Where can you park?

Thanks

hiking
2 months ago

Cool hike. The gps on all trail is for mountain bike. A bit easier and less steep than what people actually take. Up hill all the time. Good and well maintained trail. Good urban trail. Great views of our city. A good challenge. Wish it was longer.

2 months ago

excellent!!

hiking
2 months ago

3 months ago

Wonderful hike today. Incredible views on a clear day. Even saw a road runner!

3 months ago

This is a short and moderate hike, firs and only hill is a bit steep and the path is bit rocky. Good for ab “in a hurry hike”- have fun!

hiking
3 months ago

great hike

hiking
3 months ago

steep incline

3 months ago

it was a great hike. the first incline was hard but once you establish a groove it turned out well.

hiking
3 months ago

Great 2.5 hour workout. Overall the hike is very steep, coming down was quite a challenge. There is a lot of loose gravel which caused someone behind us to fall. No shade, but it was great to be in the sun! Definitely want shoes with good support and traction! Overall a good hike!

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