San Miguel Mountain Trail [CLOSED / PRIVATE PROPERTY]

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San Miguel Mountain Trail [CLOSED / PRIVATE PROPERTY] is a 4.5 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: 4.5 miles Elevation Gain: 1,971 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash


mountain biking

nature trips



partially paved





private property

This trail is now closed to the public.

9 days ago

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???

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

2 months ago

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!!

7 months ago

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.

8 months ago

one of my favorite hikes. great workout.

Saturday, May 05, 2018

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

Thursday, November 23, 2017

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

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Is this trail still closed???

Monday, September 25, 2017

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;

Friday, August 11, 2017

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.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

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:, 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.

Monday, June 26, 2017

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.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

did this several years ago. beautiful view from the top

Monday, February 27, 2017

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

Monday, February 27, 2017

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

Monday, February 13, 2017

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.

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

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...

Friday, January 13, 2017

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.

Monday, December 26, 2016

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

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Great leg workout, not much scenery. Worth it.

Monday, November 28, 2016

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 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.

Friday, November 25, 2016

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

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Did this hike a ways back. It was hard, but worth it.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Any photos you see here with an AMERICAN FLAG ARE NOT MOUNT SAN MIGUEL, but the rock house hike nearby.

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

trail is closed to the public. no trespassing sign clearly posted along with a locked gate

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Short but steep towards the top. Good workout.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

This is right by my home. There were at least a dozen people out there at 6pm. Doesn't say closed out there. I went alone but I recommend a partner. Some areas were hard but not terrible. I'm not young or in perfect shape. It was a great work out. Don't expect to be clean when you're done!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

It was really easy. The path is perfect for beginners. In my experience and condition, my friend and I did like less than an hour. But I liked the view and the flag lol

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

loved this hike....why is it closed?

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