San Miguel Mountain

Mt. San Miguel

Trail Distance:2.73 Miles
Best time to hike: Morning
Directions: See Below
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Mt. San Miguel

Here are directions to the trailhead. Take 805 South and exit on H street east. Keep going east and you will cross route 125. H street turns into Proctor Valley Road. Take a left on Duncan Ranch Road. Find a place to park and do not worrry about your car as it is a residential neighborhood. Walk back to Proctor Valley road and take a left. Walk about 1/4 mile (approx) and look hard for a trail up and to your left. It can be hard to find because this initial part of the trail is covered by ground cover landscaping.
Maria G.

“I come hike Mt. San Miguel every other weekend. Usually at 6:30am. Its usually less crowded than cowles. The first part is pretty steep and challenging, once you hit the curve, its a little less steep, but still a workout. It takes us about 1 hour to hike up to the flag, we usually take about 10 min to sit and enjoy the view. Takes us another 45-50 to head back down. We have encountered a snake and coyotes so be alert. Recommend you wear hiking shoes or shoes with good grip, the way down is pretty loose and slippery if you aren’t wearing proper shoes ”

YvonneSan Diego ,Ca

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Fences, fences, fences, no trespassing, sensitive wildlife habitat
I parked on duncan ranch rd and that was unnessary. You start off with fences/No trespassing/sensitive habitat signs everywhere - no other hikers is the bonus. I was forced to walk along the backside of homes on Coastal Hill drive until I reached the wider SDG&E utility road. I would park there @ Iron Gate Way and Butterfly Way. Once on the utility road you take a right at the first high voltage transmission tower. Climb a double fence and like others said, follow the 'path' created water runoff. I ran into another fence but someone "took care of it". It get steeper, more slippery, and harder to see the path at higher elevation. View is fantastic. You're right under the flight path to the airport. Bring more water than usual.
June 5, 2017, 6:33 pm
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Sad News
Unfortunately San Miguel Mt. has been closed, according to the City of Chula Vista this was never a trail to begin with. The "trail head" has been fenced off and signes have been put in place warning trespassers.
August 12, 2015, 7:16 pm
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I love this trail in the spring, but it is steep and slippery
I have hiked this trail many times. I like it a lot, as a good workout with not too many other people.
Many people just go halfway up, to the flag , which takes maybe 40 minutes to reach from Butterfly Road, but there is a path that leads to the right of the flag peak, around the hill, and continues on to a couple of other hilltops, and then goes steeply down to a saddle. Then you ascend again to the top of Mount San Miguel, where the power poles are. So there are ascents and descents both ways, but the last hill is relentlessly uphill, steep, and full of rubble. Once on top though, you can see almost all around you. It's beautiful, especially in the spring, after there has been some rain. After May or so, when there has been no rain for a couple of months, the main effect is dry and dusty. Also, there is no maintenance on this trail. I am not even sure that it is a proper, that is, legal, place to hike. The trail seems to follow mostly just the path that water runoff has carved down the hill, so it charges in a wiggly way pretty much straight up & down the hill, with no switchbacks. And the other part of there being no maintenance is that when people leave trash, it stays until another hiker picks it up (which some do).
April 13, 2015, 11:27 pm
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Mt Miguel
As a new resident at about 800 feet up the mountain range I figured I should give the climb ago. It\'s not really a difficult climb if you have the proper shoes and carry water and food. Even without it\'s not that difficult as it only takes about an hour to climb. It\'s certainly not anything like a century with 15K vertical.

I\'m still trying to find the exact vertical of the climb but it\'s nothing like Mt Diablo east of San Francisco which I used to climb regularly on my bike (30 miles round trip) 3849 elevation)
February 21, 2015, 10:41 pm
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Regularly Hike Here
I come hike Mt. San Miguel every other weekend. Usually at 6:30am. Its usually less crowded than cowles. The first part is pretty steep and challenging, once you hit the curve, its a little less steep, but still a workout. It takes us about 1 hour to hike up to the flag, we usually take about 10 min to sit and enjoy the view. Takes us another 45-50 to head back down. We have encountered a snake and coyotes so be alert. Recommend you wear hiking shoes or shoes with good grip, the way down is pretty loose and slippery if you aren't wearing proper shoes
November 13, 2014, 2:01 pm
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Worth it
My family has done this hike a couple of times. The kids are 10 12 and 16. It's pretty steep, harder going down than it is going up. Worth the trip, the kids love that they can look at this mountain from all over San Diego and say they made it to the top. Took about four hours, recommend taking a hiking stick for balance on the way down and be prepared to see rattle snakes.
March 30, 2014, 6:11 pm
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Incredible!
After weeks of my 62 year old father begging me to go with him I agreed. I had not hiked in a very long time and this was extremely challenging. Within the first quarter mile I was huffing and puffing but I made it! We followed the parking directions provided here and round trip from the car the iphone said 7.0 miles. We completed it in 3 hours 10 minutes. We started at almost 8 am which was a bit late as it was very hot. We drank lots of water and I recommend going even earlier as this site says early morning. It is all uphill but the views are so rewarding. At the towers you can see all of downtown, Pt. Loma, both the Sweetwater and Otay reservoirs. There are many places to park even closer to decrease the total distance but I'm not familiar with exactly where they are. I will do this again but not for a while as my muscles are so sore.
January 19, 2014, 8:04 am
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Local
This is one of my local hikes as I live in the southbay. I love this hike because it is a total workout. You probably never stop the elevation gain until you reach the first peak then it drops down a bit and THEN your trail leading up to Mt Miguel starts. The earlier you go the better for this one as it gets REALLY hot here. Very rewarding views. Bring lots of water and a small snack.
August 5, 2013, 10:22 am
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Wow!
What a hike. If you are up for a challenge this is one tower to get to. It's pretty steep with loose rocks that makes it tricky at times. Don't give up after you've reached the American flag but move further up towards the towers. The view is well worth the hike. Remember to bring lots of water.
I'd say this is harder than Mount Woodson west.
February 7, 2013, 9:33 pm
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David Hay

by David Hay

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