Backpacker Magazine San Diego: McGinty Mountain 

This 4.8-mile dayhike takes you past rare plants as you climb 1,200 feet to a summit with knockout views from Mexico to the Pacific.

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Author: Backpacker Magazine
Date: 18 May 2007 1:36:27 PM
Activity: Hiking
State: California (CA)
Distance: 2.38 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 1448 ft
Total Loss: 160 ft
Net Change: 1288 ft
Difficulty: 7 / 10
Tags: California, Jamul
Rating: Unrated   Rate it

TO TRAILHEAD: Take I-5 S to CA 94 E. In 13.3 mi., turn R onto Campo Rd. In 4.5 mi., turn L onto Lyons Valley Rd. In .8 mi., turn L onto Jamul Dr. Park .4 mi. later near gated trail entrance.

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Distance: 2.38 mi Points: 416
Total Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
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McGinty Mountain

Points of Interest


Location: 32.729549, -116.872597
Head N out of Mexican Canyon through rolling hills


Location: 32.733910, -116.871399
R @ Y; climb 360 ft. up switchbacks surrounded in mixed chaparral rooted into soils that originated from crumbled gabbro bedrock


Location: 32.733799, -116.868797
Hit the ridge and go L


Location: 32.735378, -116.867599
Continue through saddle along rising hump; aroma of Cleveland sage fills the air


Location: 32.739742, -116.866074
R @ Y along rocky spine covered in pale-green leaves of Dehesa beargrass-more of this rare grass is found here than anywhere else in the world


Location: 32.741680, -116.865097
L @ Y; ridge drops sharply on both sides


Location: 32.743530, -116.862885
L @ 4-way, then L @ next T; slope gets steep again, panoramas expand


Location: 32.747620, -116.861900
Crest final hump leading to summit; pass old mining prospects


Location: 32.752090, -116.860703
Rounded summit of McGinty Mtn. (2,183 ft.). Look S to the amber mound of Tecate Peak located near the U.S./Mexico border, then W to the deep blues of the Pacifi c Ocean; backtrack to car


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