|NATIONAL PARKS QUICKLINKS|
A faint, partially overgrown trail up the west slope offers the only straightforward passage to the summit. The trek up this pathway is definitely tedious and especially rewarding on a cool, crystal-clear, late fall or winter day. On the way up, you get ever-broader views stretching all the way from Mexico to Orange County, with the San Diego County coastline and the blue Pacific Ocean in between. Directions to Trailhead: To reach the start of the trail, exit Interstate 8 at Tavern Road, go south 0.1 mile, then go east on Alpine Boulevard through the community of Alpine. After 1.5 miles, turn left (north) on East Victoria Drive, passing under I-8. Proceed 1.1 miles north to Anderson Road. Turn right and continue northeast 0.5 mile to a large water tank and gate (which could be closed, blocking motor traffic). Park just short of the gate and continue on foot 0.3 mile uphill to a point just before where the road becomes level. To your right (east) look for the unmarked beginning of the informal, 1.5-mile-long trail up the brushy slope of Viejas Mountain.