Mother Miguel Mountain Via Rock House Trail

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Mother Miguel Mountain Via Rock House Trail is a 4.5 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
4.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
977 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
4 days ago

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

16 days 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.

25 days ago

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

hiking
27 days ago

Does anyone know if the flag is still up ??

hiking
28 days 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
1 month 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
1 month ago

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

Thanks

hiking
1 month 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.

1 month ago

excellent!!

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

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

1 month 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
1 month ago

great hike

hiking
1 month ago

steep incline

1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month 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!

hiking
1 month ago

not bad for San Diego area. nice view of the city and Point Loma.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice views. Pretty dry and dusty. Super steep at the beginning. Good hike all around. Not many people on a Saturday afternoon. No shade on the trail.

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

5 Stars ⭐️ because it’s my backyard!

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