San Miguel Mountain Trail [CLOSED]

HARD 213 reviews

San Miguel Mountain Trail [CLOSED] is a 4.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Chula Vista, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from September until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2119 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wildlife

rocky

closed

private property

This trail is now closed to the public.

hiking
7 days ago

My trial 'USA v. ARNER,' described in my posting below, in which I am striving to beat a "Trespassing' ticket and $280 fine in federal court has been continued at my request until Sept. 29 at 9:30 a.m., at the address noted below. The historic nature of this trail goes back 7,000 years, according to documents contained in the Final Supplemental EIR for the 1,200-acre Salt Creek Ranch housing project, which was published for Chula Vista in 1992. On pages 3-52 and 3-53, the document states that 19 prehistoric archaeological sites had been discovered at the western foot of San Miguel Mountain, about where this hiking trail starts just east of Proctor Valley Road. More than 8,000 artifacts were recovered from those sites, which included quarry sites, lithic scatters, and habitation sites, the study said. It added that "all" the sites appear to be part of a settlement system occupied as early as 7,000 years ago, based on the presence of various "diagnostic artifacts" including "biface tools (points/knives), milling tools, (manos/metates), hammerstones, cores, scraping tools, and faunal remains of shell and bone. Some of the sites had previously been recorded by the County of San Diego Office of Historic Preservation, and federal agencies as important to our understanding of early prehistoric occupation in the county. The 1990 topo map also lists an "Indian Dam" along the side of the Mountain, roughly a mile to the south of the Salt Creek Ranch project. As a hiker for more than 50 years, it seems likely that a settlement of any people that lasted thousands of years at the foot of a mountain, meant that the residents had named the mountain, and regularly hiked to its peak, to hut, to admire the view, and possibly for religious reasons, as well. That's the Pre-historic part of my argument.

20 days ago

Fantastic View; Fantastic $280 fine for 'Trespassing' on this Historic trail. Need HELP from Hiking Community to prove that a JeepTrail on a 1990 USGS Topographical map is part of Hiking trail to the San Miguel Mountain Peak.
I'm asking anyone who has hiked this trail, or driven up the Jeep Trail, during the past 40 years, to email me at: sarnerde@att.net, so I can arrange for testimony or affidavits for US District Court, Southern District of California. Trial Date is Aug 11, 2017, 9:30 a.m. Case #3:17-po-01007-BLM, USA v ARNER. Ct address: 222 W. Broadway, 3rd Floor, Rm 3A, San Diego CA.
The continuing effort by Chula Vista and the USFWS to 'permanently' close this historic trail could get a Federal Judge's Blessing, unless experienced Hikers speak up. Thank you in advance for your support!I have posted several maps and memos on this website that document my research about the trail, and the government efforts to close it with substantial help from owners of the Antennae Property on the Peak.

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hiking
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5 months ago

did this several years ago. beautiful view from the top

hiking
5 months ago

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

5 months ago

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

5 months ago

6 months ago

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.

trail running
6 months ago

6 months ago

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...

hiking
7 months ago

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.

hiking
7 months ago

the trail you mention here is not all own by fish & wild life. this trail cut thru a private property own by me. anyone is welcome to hike thru my 12 acres property without hindrance. here is the description of the property. start from the fence up about 400 ft x 1350ft to the east, anyone can check it on the county land parcel # 585-140-08-00 or email me at boni_dy@yahoo.com.

hiking
7 months ago

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

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Great leg workout, not much scenery. Worth it.

hiking
8 months ago

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.