Mother Miguel/Rock House Trail
ElevationAscent: 914' 278 m
Descent: -84' -26 m
High: 1,511' 461 m
Low: 597' 182 m
GradeAvg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)
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“Summit Mother Miguel Mountain (1,513 ft) starting at Mt. San Miguel Park.”— John Reece
Family Friendly Climbing even a small mountain like this gives kids a chance to be proud of themselves.
The trail curves around to the right and will descend into a small canyon with a normally dry watercourse, then continue uphill on the other side. This is when the real climbing begins. There is a very steep eroded path directly up the slope which is not recommended. Instead, hike upward on the gentle switchbacks and enjoy the views as they continuously improve with the gain in elevation. The switchbacks end when you attain the shoulder of the ridge, then the slope becomes easy as you continue north to the summit.
There is a U.S. flag and POW/MIA flag on a pole on top of a large cairn of stones on the summit. This is a great spot for taking photos and has excellent views. You can see the Sweetwater Reservoir down below, as well as the Pacific Ocean, San Diego Bay, Downtown San Diego, Point Loma, and the Coronado Islands.
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Land Manager: US Fish and Wildlife - San Diego National Wildlife
Dec 31, 1969: "Dragonflying" is Taking Off
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