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Best trails in Jacumba

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Looking for a great trail near Jacumba, California? AllTrails has 10 great hiking trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Lake Morena County Park or Ah-Ha-Kwe-Ah-Mac/Stonewall Mine Cultural Preserve. Ready for some activity? There are 7 moderate trails in Jacumba ranging from 2.1 to 8.4 miles and from 1,151 to 4,543 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Jacumba
Top trails (10)
#1 - Goat Canyon Trestle Bridge via Carrizo Gorge Road
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
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Length: 13.9 mi • Est. 8 h 26 m
Note: This trail is currently closed due to COVID-19. Warning: Users have reported that this trail is located on private property and you may be subjected to fines. Hikers report that the first tunnel is closed and another one is also gated off. Both of those closed tunnels offer detours.Show more
#2 - Goat Canyon Trestle Bridge via Mortero Palms
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
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Length: 5.8 mi • Est. 3 h 58 m
Please be advised that there are closed tunnels on this path. Show more
#3 - Valley of the Moon Trail
Jacumba, California
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Length: 7.2 mi • Est. 3 h 44 m
Nestled within California's Jacumba Wilderness, just over a mile north of the U.S./Mexico border, lies a four-wheel-drive trail with some historical treasures waiting to be explored. Smugglers' Cave, reached by a short hiking trail, is a man-made shelter with ties to early 19th century Native Americans as well as Mexican banditos of the early 1900s. Today, it is a welcoming, shaded resting place for Mexican immigrants braving the trek to the United States. At the end of the trail is the abandoned Elliot Mine which sits atop Tahe Peak. Tahe Peak provides an astounding vista of the granitic rocky oasis known as Valley of the Moon Wilderness as well as views of the Salton Sea and Mexico.Show more
#4 - Smugglers Cave Trail
Jacumba, California
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Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 1 h 56 m
#5 - Valley of The Moon and Blue Angels Peak
Jacumba Wilderness Area
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Length: 8.4 mi • Est. 4 h 36 m
Note: The southern section of this loop connecting Valley of the Moon and Blue Angels Peak does not have a clearly marked trail and requires off trail hiking.Show more
#6 - Carrizo Gorge
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
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Length: 8.2 mi • Est. 3 h 51 m
Most people associate Carrizo Gorge with the famous Goat Canyon railroad trestle. The boulder-strewn, vegetation-chocked, twisting course will beckon to your sense of adventure and exploration. A north-south trending fault zone is responsible for the series of ridges and canyons at Anza-Borrgo's southern end. Carrizo Gorge, the most dramatic of these, divides the Jacumba Mountains to the east from the In-Ko-Pah Mountains to the west. These mini-mountain ranges are links in the Peninsular Ranges from the Laguna Mountains in the northwest to the Sierra Juarez of Baja California. Carrizo Gorge is best known for the railroad that threads along its eastern wall: the San Diego & Arizona Eastern. Built in 1907-1919, the railroad carried freight, and for a time passengers, between San Diego and Imperial Valley. At its heart it is a remote and rugged wilderness area. A trek down the length of Carrizo Gorge is long, rugged, and memorable. It is one to be taken cautiously, with the right equipment and clothing. Essential are long pants to protect you from the sharp thorns of mesquite, catclaw, and the needle-like tips of a particularly wicked type of bunch grass. Thick growths of tamarisk, cactus gardens, and slippery rocks will all conspire to hinder your progress. Feral cattle used to keep paths through the vegetation clear, but they were airlifted out of the canyon in the late 1980's. The start of the foot travel only trail head is reached via a 6 mile dirt road,often passable only with a 4WD vehicle. An earlier edition of Afoot & Afield In San Diego County described a route through the canyon as a long, rugged, difficult, and memorable one, with bushwhacking, boulder-hopping, and mud-stomping in abundance. However, over the years the route became impassable. Fortunately, the State Park and California Conservation Corps were involved in a tamarisk removal project, clearing out the invasive trees and making it much easier to traverse the canyon. Tamarisk, also known as salt cedar, is an exotic, shrubby tree which was introduced to the western United States for ornamental use, windbreaks and erosion control; however, it has become a dominant, invasive species. Carrizo is a Spanish word or reeds, cattails, or tall grasses growing along watercourses around the Southwest and Mexico. Carrizo Gorge drops in elevation from 2,800 feet at Jacumba along Interstate 8, and descends to 700 feet some 18 miles to the desert floor near Bow Willow along Highway S2. Presumably, one could hike up to Goat Canyon trestle from there or explore any number of tributaries in the area.Show more
#7 - Blue Angels Peak Trail
Jacumba, California
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Length: 5.7 mi • Est. 3 h 16 m
#8 - Carrizo Gorge Railway
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
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Length: 8.9 mi • Est. 3 h 55 m
The railroad has started ticket hikers walking the tracks. Be warned it can be a heavy fine if you get a trespassing ticket.Show more
#9 - Round Mountain
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 1 h 17 m
#10 - Blue Angels Peak and Smugglers Cave Loop
Jacumba, California
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Length: 6.2 mi • Est. 3 h 34 m