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

Jacumba, California Map
off road driving
12 days ago

Came down from Orange County and had a full day jeeping on some really fun and somewhat challenging trails -- reminded us of a mini Moab with the sand rock and lots of off-camber terrain. Staged at the Chevron a little west and headed over on old highway 80 mile marker 37 staged and air downed. Drove over to "the Wall" -- funny how it runs to the east and just stops so people can just walk around it. We went in and ended up at the old observation building and then back down to trails 185 and 155 to get over to the elliot caves. and valley of the moon ? and came out at the trailhead. Really fun and technical trails. met up with other jeepers, a large group of hikers and some rock climbers along the way. will be doing this again.

7 months ago

Fun hike, amazing views. This trail map does not take you to the cave. We finally found the cave and it was another 1\2 mile from where this trail ends on the map. (32.63490, -116.09223) is the coordinates for the cave.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Moderate, not difficult. The hike marked on the trail map is actually a border patrol access trail/road. I ran into a border patrol officer and he gave me the coordinates to the cave (32.63490, -116.09223) you can go to the top of this trail and then go on the the cave but the trail on this map does not go straight there.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Fun day with great views.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

This is not a rough or challenging hike, but it really is very satisfying. You might want to do some research before you go, because Smugglers Cave and the Elliott Mine are both full of all sorts of history. Unmentioned in the description is the Marshall Cabin, or at least its location, Moon Valley , which is just a little past the mine, the Other Smugglers Cave, and maybe the Overlook, at the far eastern end of Moon Valley. The scenery is spectacular, other-worldly. Camping here is also a hoot. The earliest article I've found on Smugglers Cave is on page 38 of the January, 1940 issue of Desert Magazine: http://dezertmagazine.com/mine/1940DM01/index.html (This site takes a certain amount of pride in being retro, in that you have to flip the pages of the magazine to the page you want. ) Then there is the hike a bunch of my friends took at In-The-Desert.com:

on Smugglers Cave Trail

7 months ago