Otay Mountain Truck Trail

HARD 23 reviews

Otay Mountain Truck Trail is a 14.8 mile out and back trail located near Dulzura, California that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

14.8 miles
2791 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash


mountain biking

off road driving

trail running


12 days ago

off road driving
14 days ago

Full disclosure- I did this trail 2 years ago while I was living in San Diego.

This is rated as difficult? I ran it twice in my then dead stock Wrangler JK, only the wheels and tires were upgraded, nothing else. The Jeep had no issues what so ever and I never needed to use 4WD. The trail itself is mostly gravel, the only issue was the trail head itself is somewhat easy to miss; its behind the general store with no signs pointing it out. There wasn't much to the trail itself, however the views of San Diego and Tijuana are cool and worth it. The antennas on top also make for interesting photography. I found this trail easy but it was fun. Also of note, this trail is used by the Border Patrol, but they'll leave you alone. I just pull over and let them pass. Great place to catch a sunset.

1 month ago

scenic driving
2 months ago

With all the rain we've had this year it doesn't even look like San Diego anymore!

2 months ago

Great views on a clear day.

off road driving
3 months ago

Off-road activity prohibited. 1/5. The winding gravel road reaches over 3000 ft above sea level. Good views.

off road driving
5 months ago

3 Stars for the beautiful views and stunning landscapes! The Road itself can be driven in a lowered Honda Civic... also they have very recently built huge steel rails blocking off all the fun 4x4 trails... womp womp womp! We Always have fun up there but don't go looking to engage 4 wheel drive anymore b/c it's only a unpaved scenic drive now.

8 months ago

Epic vistas. Loved it.

9 months ago

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Difficult trail, not easy. It will be round trip about 15 miles depending upon where you start. There are shooting ranges everywhere, so you will hear gun shots. Pretty good cardio workout for sure, with great views.

off road driving
Sunday, June 05, 2016

It was a nice off road trail, felt good to be on dirt. Lots of ways to get lost since so many trails cross one another. overall fun

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Monday, February 01, 2016

Rode horses

Saturday, January 09, 2016

Saturday, January 09, 2016

Was on the various trails on and off Otay Truck Trails over the holiday. The weather was perfect this time of the year for long distance hiking and for steeper climbs. The view was amazing and green. Saw deer, large jack rabbits, many red tailed Hawks and coyotes, no rattlers this time of the year. And yes border patrol are always somewhere on the trails and are very forgiving if you set off one of their sensors.

off road driving
Saturday, December 19, 2015

Great trail with beautiful views. Ran into Boarder Patrol a couple times they don't bother you. Nice places to stop and let the dog run around. Go into Pio Pico RV park. Go through the BROWN gate.

Monday, October 05, 2015

It was a rainy day and I needed a pretty safe trail to trek. This was the perfect trail for a rainy day. Hit the uphill, ran into Border Patrol a few times. Passed the radio tower and did a few miles running up at the top. The sky cleared a bit at the top. When the rain started again I headed back to the Pio Pico. Total distance 16 miles...time 4:10. The fog was thick but I had flashlights so oncoming traffic hopefully could see me. Great rainy day hike

off road driving
Saturday, May 18, 2013

Trail closed by fire department. Try during low fire advisory season.

off road driving
Monday, July 16, 2012

Started the Otay Mountain Truck Trail at Thousand Trails campsite off of Otay Lakes Rd. We followed the trail up to the radio towers and continued east. We turned north at the following coordinates 32.61262,-116.78219, I believe it is Donahoe Spur Rd. Drove around some of the dirt trails there and then headed back the way we came to finish up back at Thousand Trails campsite. The gravel roads were easy but we managed to find some more difficult paths off of the gravel road. We found a steep rocky slide that gave the skid plates a little company but other than that there was nothing our stock jeep could not handle, but one with more clearance would handle it better. This part of the trail also had a side route to bypass it for those not up for the adventure. We traveled down the rocky slope and up the side path. The trails offered great views all along the way, we saw many Border Patrol vehicles but were not bothered by any of them. This is a great trail for beginners to start out with and get their vehicle dirty. Two wheel drive can travel a fair amount of areas out there but be smart about where you traverse, some areas you might be hard pressed to get out of without four wheel drive. I would suggest good clearance for two wheel drive vehicles because speed will be your friend in some areas.

off road driving
Sunday, June 17, 2012

the directions are wrong to get to it, it took some time and some directions from the border patrol, I continued on and ended up having to cross a ditch to get on the road near the prison.

gorgeous views, would do it again.

I would change the directions...instead of the left turn onto freezer, go down 1/2 block and make a right on marron. you can also access off otay lakes road just west of the thousand trails campground.