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Mother Miguel/Rockhouse Trail

 4.0 (3)

Length


2.2 Miles 3.5 Kilometers


914' 278 m

Ascent

-84' -26 m

Descent

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

1,511' 461 m

High

597' 182 m

Low

Shared By John Reece

Conditions


Minor Issues 46 days ago
Dry: Service trails are not marked and can make your hike extremely long. History

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Summit Mother Miguel Mountain (1,513 ft) starting at Mt. San Miguel Park.

John Reece

Dogs Leashed

Features Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly Climbing even a small mountain like this gives kids a chance to be proud of themselves.

Description

Begin at the trailhead on Paseo Veracruz at the northeast corner of Mt. San Miguel Park. Initially, stay to the left (west) along the northern edge of the park before curving around to the right (north). This will lead to the best trail up the mountain. (There are numerous dirt paths in the beginning which can be confusing, and the first obvious path you see up the mountain is far too steep for safe footing.)

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.

Flora & Fauna

Grasses, wildflowers, chaparral.

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Sep 30, 2018
L R
We took the service road once at the peak and it was a very steady climb with some steep downhills. It was a longer way back to the entrance 7.2mi — 4h 00m
May 5, 2018
Eri Henry
2.4mi
Jan 22, 2018
Jenna Vivanco
Jan 14, 2018
JC Rienton
Jan 14, 2018
Andrew Malick
Jan 2, 2018
Rob Lester
Apr 24, 2016
Sophia Estudante

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  4.0 from 3 votes

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#692

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#6,414

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