Explore the most popular mountain biking trails near Chula Vista with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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

on Upper Otay Reservoir

trail running
1 month ago

Trail gets a bit dicey to follow on the north side of the lake, had to double back. Ran it on a rainy day too, the north side is pretty muddy. I also ran it in Merrill barefoot trail running shoes, would not recommend because of how rocky the back half of the trail is. Walked a few sections just because I was getting jabbed by rocks with every stride.

No judgments from me, but there were a few kids hanging out on the graffiti wall in the no trespass area. Hey I was in highschool once, but still I wouldn't leave anything valuable in your car.

It was an easy trail to walk not moderate like it says.

hiking
1 month ago

Lots of interesting vegetation with many small little forests. Lots of lizards small birds and frogs and wooden bridges. Just wish there was parking and a sign at the entrance naming the trail. Very nice view of the mountains and the lake. Will return with my family.

hiking
1 month ago

took my wife and son for nice and easy hike this morning. For the most part we are rookies to hiking, so this was a good way to do something but not push ourselves too hard. we had our 3 dogs with us and they seemed to enjoy their hike . trail is mostly flat with a few ups and downs on the road. a few bridges that my son liked a lot. some mud and sections with water because of recent rain but there are alternate narrow paths in areas where water accumulates. we only did about 5 miles total because we it is our first time walking long distance but you can make this hike as long or short as you want to. very light trail traffic today, a few bikers and walkers. trail was clean for the most part, a little trash and dog droppings in some areas but it doesn't seem to be a problem. parking is on side of road at entrance to trail. highly recommended hike

hiking
1 month ago

nice little walk out and about. the area has had issues with homeless encampments in the past so dont be surprised if you find anything. all in all, it local and easy to do.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice and easy hike for beginners. Straight shot, forward and back.

I was not very impressed with this trail. My dogs enjoyed chasing some rabbits but other than that it was more of nature walk with views of peoples homes.

I liked it but it was kind of sketchy was checking it out for my baby and I to hike but I definitely wouldn’t go alone or even with one friend if you are a female there were people waiting in the parking lot watching cars which I know they were because they had flip flops on but if you are in a group it’s relaxing

hiking
2 months ago

The hike is moderate however we didn’t finish due to no people being around except for the three man standing by the hill, very suspicious. We ended up turning around then came across the broken glass.... that means cars get broken into , watch out. Unless you’re going with more than 3 people I wouldn’t recommend it. Reminds me of an episode of CSI.

Really nice easy in and out walk with views of the water... some shade but not much. A lot of bikers so watch out for bends.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful trail with tons of things to see and cool little bridges mostly for the bikers but some to get through little pockets of water or weeds. Honestly an amazing hike especially since it’s so close to the lake for about 90% of the trail, new favorite spot close to home! One thing to keep in mind, since it is a hiking trail as well, just make sure if you’re hiking or running you keep an eye out for bikers, while there’s a ton of smaller trails that offer bikers access to an alternative route there’s just some areas you need to keep an eye out cause the path is a bit smaller. Overall super happy i found this place :)

Nice.

mountain biking
4 months ago

Perfect Trail For My Down Hill Stand Up Scooter. A lil Muddy & Choppy At The End, But Other Than That Great Lil Down Hill Trail Perfect For Early Morning B4 Work Or For Just A Quick Run To Get Your Fix. Love This Trail.

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

6 months ago

It's a nice easy trail I've walked both sides of the lake the west side is much more fun

love it!

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.

Is this trail still closed???

mountain biking
7 months ago

If your looking for something slightly pumpy and short, this is your trail. They did remove the obstacles, and there's cacti around every corner. Pretty narrow too

mountain biking
7 months ago

One of my favorite trails to mtb on and take it easy. Not too much uphill or downhill. Most of this trail is leg work. It's also mostly single track and includes some pretty fun obstacles; like multiple single track bridges slightly over swampy area, and some small jumps here and there.

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;

hiking
8 months ago

I've been this trail once before, a year ago. It was a decent area, not bad with the pretty reservoir. However this time out, I was horrified to find glass littered everywhere. From the parking lot all the way down and out a mile or so. Very unkept, do not bring your dog unless they are wearing shoes!

hiking
8 months ago

Upon arriving I saw glass from a car window littered all over the parking area (don't leave valuables in your car) The trail is definitely lightly trafficked and not well marked. The reservoir is beautiful. I am disappointed in the amount of glass littered on trail down to the water. Lots of broken beer bottles. Wouldn't really say it's kid friendly, maybe kids over 10. Wasn't a bad hike but definitely won't be returning.

mountain biking
8 months ago

Short but fun. Nothing crazy. Mostly tight single track down and a rather gradual climb back to the start. I entered from the Fire Dept. And when you get to the bottom of first downhill, make a sharp right and you're on the trail. Good for a quick ride.

hiking
8 months ago

You need to park a 1/2 mile before the marked start/stop at the small trailhead lot.

hiking
9 months ago

Only did half the trail started at the mountain hawk park. Extremely easy walk. I think it would be great for biking.

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.

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.

mountain biking
10 months ago

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