Otay Ranch Activities - Mount Miguel Hike



If youíre looking for a great hiking trail in the South Bay then consider Mount Miguel trail, which is located in the southeastern section of Chula vista, near Otay Ranch.  Mount Miguel is about 10 minutes northeast from Otay Ranch and is located in the San Miguel Ranch community.  The hike starts at the San Miguel community park, where there is lots of parking, and takes you on a 4.6 mile adventure.  At the top, you will get a beautiful 360 panoramic view of San Diego and Tijuana.   You can also get a great view of Otay Lakes and the Olympic Training Center located southeast of the mountain.  The trails are wide with lots of open space.  There is even a mound with the American Flag at the top of the mountain, which is great for photo ops.
The hike is rather steep, so take precaution as you hike up and down the mountain.  Make sure you wear shoes you donít care to get dirty because youíll definitely need to clean them after this hike.  There are a lot of mountain bikers and trail runners that use Mt Miguel as a training course.  With its steep mountainsides and easy to follow trail paths, this is perfect for anyone that wants to get out for some exercise.
  

Make sure to bring water, since there are no water stations.  Parents with small children should bring a hiking child carrier or get ready for an uncomfortable carry up and down the mountain.  Mount Miguel has an elevation of close to 2,000 ft (1,951 ft to be exact), so keep an eye on the little ones are you make the hike up/down the mountain.
Mount Miguel is open year-round and can be used for trail running, mountain biking, and hiking.  Dogs are also able to use the trail, but most be kept on a leash.

Mt Miguel Trail Directions

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.

The best way to access the trail is by parking on the east side of the San Miguel Community Park by the baseball / softball fields.  There is a small entrance where you can enter all the trails.
 
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