Explore the most popular Bird Watching 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.

off road driving
no shade
10 days ago

Off-Roading: We came into this trail at the solar panel farm then skirted the border fence to enter the trail on the left. The loop we recorded features "The Waterfall" which is steep raged staircase that will require 4w low and even better if you have lockers or traction control. Spectacular views!

trail running
13 days ago

Loved this trail! Very runnable, with tons to stop and explore and take pictures of, and challenging enough that you have to hike some sections. But not so challenging that you’re hiking the whole time. Wish I had a backpack on with a water bladder so I could have done the whole thing! I did this in early March when weather was very temperate. Love love love!

This trail is beautiful, but the recorded trail on all-trails isn't a legitimate trail. We modified it by doing two out abd backs. 10.5 miles ~1800 elevation gain

off road driving
washed out
1 month ago

fun trail, took the kids up, found some puddles. Completed on 33s without lockers. windy and a little too cold to camp so turned into day trip. Ran into San Diego Jeep Club and the army of jeeps they travel with but other then that it was quiet on the trail which is always nice.

2 months ago

Thumbs down for this hills have eyes hike. Intuition kept telling me to turn back. Especially when I save a molester van with evidence someone is living in it. I highly do not recommend Blue Angel Peak. #notafan

Even with my ferocious dog. This hike is sketchy AF.

Great view , en plena Rumorosa

off road driving
5 months 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.

9 months ago

05/28/2018, Memorial Day hike. Tallied 5.45 RT mileage and 1,592’ total elevation gains. Hike was pretty good, although very bare minimum trail markers (ducts), we were able to trek first to the International Boundary Marker #231 and locate all 3 Geological Benchmarks. We then trekked to Blue Angels Peak and locate all 3 Geological Benchmarks too, but the Peak Log was missing from the peak can which was unfortunate mangled by inconsiderate people! Lots of trash by probably the same people too. Other than that, good hike. Expect a few boulder climbing and hopping! Saw CBP helicopter hovering nearby and lots of 4x4’s

Monday, March 12, 2018

Bagged summit today. Couldn’t find a register but did find the survey marker. The other descriptions here were misleading IMO. The 4x4 road comes within about half a mile of the summit, as the crow flies, and the default gps track does not go to the summit. I drove about a mile up the dirt road then parked because I didn’t think my truck could make the next hill. From there it was 2.5 miles to the summit - the first 1.8 was on the dirt road.

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

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.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Hiked this trail with my 12 year old son. The views were stunning. Trail was easily accessed and visible. We went to smugglers cave and explored the valley floor. We were grateful for the mostly downhill return. :)

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Yesterday, 10/28/2017 we hiked this VOTM trail and experienced amazing views! We included Smugglers Cave and Elliot Mine to rack up 10.01 RT mileage and 1,446 ft. elevation gains! VOTM was like being in a Star Wars movie scene! We saw numerous food placements for immigrants and the caves were definitely pre-occupied. Elliot Mine at the top was cool with donut hole above for lighting. Great overall hike!

Saturday, December 03, 2016

A fun afternoon out and in. Unless you have the AllTrails map up and following it, it could be easy to get lost because the trail goes in tons of directions. There are lots of cool views of California and Mexico and really neat rock formations. You could even do some small amounts of bouldering on a few big rocks if you are into that. I was driving a mini van so I walked from parking area to the trail head which is an additional 0.7miles. Unless you have 4 wheel drive I don't recommend trying to drive up the the trail head.

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.

off road driving
Sunday, November 27, 2016

Gorgeous. Short, but fun off roading experience for the entire family.

off road driving
Monday, July 04, 2016

Awesome trail to do at night. Definitely worth doing again. Not a trail to run on your own.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Good and rugged terrain - best to have a 4x4 or at least a high clearance vehicle to get up the road from Old Highway 80. Having map and compass are a must, and Jerry Schad's description of the approach to the summit is a bit sketchy. Climbed it in November 2015, very little human presence except for a Border Patrol truck and some guys trying to get a Nissan Pathfinder up the 4x4 road.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Fun day with great views.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

This hike is challenging for several reasons. First off, from where you park you cant see the Blue Angel peak because its obscured by several false peaks, and instead you think that its a nice short peak, when in fact its really not.Next time I'll print out an Alltrails TOPO map for reference as it took me a liitle before i could identify which peak was BA.
Its also challenging because there are a myriad of trails out there splitting off to different peaks in all directions. And although and I did have a hiking book for reference ( Afoot and Afield in San Diego County by Jerry Schad) i never did make it to the BA summit after hiking for 2.5 miles towards the summit, according to the track i recorded and uploaded ( titled apr212015.) I got close but couldnt find a trail to get me to the summit. And according to Jerry Schad its approx 2.5 miles to the summit. So i clearly went the wrong way. I plan on attempting this again in the future and trying a different route.
The hike itself is moderatly strenous because your ascending 90% of the time. Also, it was HELLA Windy. He describes this place as one of the windiest places in Southern Cali. It was very gusty and blew my big floppy hat off several times. He also points out the BA peak is the highest point in 'Alta' California, whatever that means. I did manage to summit a peak just below the BA peak and discovered some old retangular shaped decaying cinder block building perched with a great view of the smaller peaks below hovering over the wind-turbine covered desert floor. The BA Peak is visible in the picture shot from inside the cinderblock structure looking out.I uploaded several pics to document my hike.
Im disappointed i didnt make the summit as i ran out of time. But I'm looking forward to trying again.

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:

Friday, May 11, 2012

Not much of a hiking trail unless you drive in. See other review on the longer valley of the moon trail for details. Ps you need a 4x4 to enjoy this trail.

rock climbing
Friday, May 11, 2012

This area is good for climbing, but you will need a 4x4 to get in. The road in has some very large rocks and wholes so make sure you also have some clearance on your vehicle If you hike from the trail head off the 8 it would be just a long walk up a steep 4 wheel drive road. Once you drive in however there are quite a few nice trails in the area and many large interesting rock formations to look at or play on. Remember you are on the Mexican board in this area so be aware of where you are hiking, it is very easy to stray out of US territory here.

off road driving
29 days ago

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