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San Miguel Mountain Trail [CLOSED] is a 4.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Chula Vista, California that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and running and is accessible year-round.

Length 4.5 mi Elevation gain 1,971 ft Route type Out & Back
Hiking Walking Running Partially paved Views Rocky Closed No shade
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Note: As of 2015, this trail is closed to the public. Please check here for more information: https://www.fws.gov/refuge/san_diego/San_Miguel_Trail_Closure_June2015.html

Make sure you take plenty of water! I drank the 2 liters I brought and wished I had more. Also, be careful on the way down as it is steep and slippery with loose rocks.

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Tommy Turtle
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Hiking

Absolutely awesome trail. It is closed off, so you'll have a few obstacles if you decide to do it. Also, this is NOT the one with the flag on top of it, haha. Found that out the hard way. But it still is a challenging terrain but the view is absolutely worth it.

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Darren Newell
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HikingClosedPrivate property

From Chula Vista Iron Gate Ln / Butterfly way Definitely can’t access the trail. There’s double barbed wire fences 30 minutes into hike after passing several “No Trespassing signs”

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Eliza Lopez
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Good workout. Watch out for bikers on the trail. No shade.

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Jessica Sepulveda
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This trail is open from Chula Vista side. LARGE CROWDS LAST WEEKEND.

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Luis E. Ventura
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See the other San Miguel Mtn trail that starts at highway 94. The Chula Vista trail head is the one that is closed. The CV side was great while it lasted. :(

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Philip Jasso
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Scott Riddick
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Hiking

I want to hike this to the peak. I tried to go the back way through the san diego national wildlife refuge in jamul trails. I made it a quarter way up and ran out of trail. It looks like there has to be a way???

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Jenn Funderburk
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Hiking

I don’t know what’s harder...running the trail or biking it. Either way, it’s a great way to just be outside!!

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Victoria Sargent
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Hiking

Great trail and lots of great wild flowers and grasses. New work on the trail to help preserve the hillside and wildlife. Use the switch backs!!

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Travis Kemp
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Hiking

I used to love this trail. It’s steep but not too long. Unfortunately it’s now closed. That’s why I rated it as 1-star. If it was still open it’s probably a 3 for what it is.

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Dioni Suarez
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one of my favorite hikes. great workout.

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Leonardo Garcia
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Hard trail 3 uphills trails are well maintained. El cajon mountain would definitely be harder than this one

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HAPPY RUNNER
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All the reviews say tough up & down but isn’t there also obviously a road since their are towers to maintain. Although I prefer trails to roads, I also prefer running to climbing. Does anyone have info if the road is accessible? Thank You claimthisfind.com

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Carlos Real
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Probably one of the best workouts i ever had. But since its closure i’ve been trying to find something else like it. If anyone knows a different way to get up there, without being ticketed or arrested, or even another trail near by that’s like this one. Please let us know.

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Brooke Garcia
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Hiking

Is this trail still closed???

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Simone Thomas
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Hiking

Okay so I have been hiking these parts for 15 years, went on this trail 3 years ago before it closed on the JAMUL side. You access it by hiking parallel to the Sweetwater River before the ascent. Then I went again a year ago and they had the closed sign after you go left passing the wood bridge. So I assumed it was closed. Yesterday I was out there planning on staying on the lower trail. But I walked by where they had the first sign, and there was a hole in the ground where it was. So hell yeah I went up! But the signs were all gone yesterday. So I went all the way to the transmitters/radio towers. Its still as beautiful and leg murdering as before. So is the Jamul side reopened to the public?? Or did someone just rip the signs out? I love this trail but cant afford a ticket D;

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Xavi Gomez
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Hiking

My favorite hike. Nice and steep so your legs are tired by the end of the hike. Amazing view at the top. Sad it's closed.

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Jessica Jimenez
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did this several years ago. beautiful view from the top

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Patrick Miller
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Danniela, for those of us who want to do it illegally

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Danniela Barajas
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Why is this hike on the list if it's been officially closed for a while now?

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Dawn Bailey
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Fantastic hike with a fantastic price tag. Trespassing = $289 fine. Golfers at the course called Fish & Game and an officer was waiting for us. He watched us through a spotting scope. He was the nicest officer but the fine wasn't worth the hike.

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Jared J
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This thing is steep. Real good workout to get your heart rate up. I'd avoid it if you have bad knees or anything like that. I grabbed some big rocks to do arm exercises on the way down...

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Richard Martinez
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Hiking

Looks like people need to make sure they are on the right trail before they review this one. Rock House is much easier and is often mistaken for this trail, maybe because of the main picture. There's a big difference between 970 feet of elevation gain and 2100.

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christy Mac
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Hiking

This was a hard steep trail. Bring your hiking poles. Wonderful views!

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Fernando Padilla
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Hiking

Great leg workout, not much scenery. Worth it.

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Mark Robak
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Hiking

The trail is definitely tough, but doable. And because it is "closed to the public" there are three fences/gates that you need to navigate through. It took us 3 1/2 hours to go both ways. And coming down is challenging too, as it is steep. The views at the top are worth the effort though, with great views to the west out to Pt. Loma, south to Otay Lakes and mountains to the east. The fact they have closed the trail to the public, is a shame. Here is the official reason given by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service http://bit.ly/2gP2zWF Considering the adjoining Sweetwater River Trail has figured out a way to accommodate hikers, I would think the we could figure out a way to do it here too. And after all, it was our tax dollars that allowed this land to be acquired in the first place.

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Kendra B
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Hiking

Accidentally went on this one today while trying to do Rock House. It's not easy getting up but getting down was almost harder.

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