Otay Mountain Truck Trail

HARD 25 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


off road driving
6 days ago

Signs say that motor vehicles are prohibited but it is still very popular. Border patrol also uses it. There are now gates and fences blocking off what were the more popular and challenging parts of the trail. It is now just an unpaved road, very easy in our Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk. The scenery is magnificent and we really enjoyed the drive!

off road driving
10 days ago

1 month ago

off road driving
1 month 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.

2 months ago

scenic driving
3 months ago

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

3 months ago

Great views on a clear day.

off road driving
4 months ago

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

off road driving
6 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.

9 months ago

Epic vistas. Loved it.

10 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.