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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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.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 3.8

Waypoints

MGM001

Location: 32.729549407959, -116.872596740723

Head N out of Mexican Canyon through rolling hills

MGM002

Location: 32.7339096069336, -116.871398925781

R @ Y; climb 360 ft. up switchbacks surrounded in mixed chaparral rooted into soils that originated from crumbled gabbro bedrock

MGM003

Location: 32.7337989807129, -116.868797302246

Hit the ridge and go L

MGM004

Location: 32.7353782653809, -116.867599487305

Continue through saddle along rising hump; aroma of Cleveland sage fills the air

MGM005

Location: 32.7397422790527, -116.866073608398

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

MGM006

Location: 32.7416801452637, -116.865097045898

L @ Y; ridge drops sharply on both sides

MGM007

Location: 32.7435302734375, -116.862884521484

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

MGM008

Location: 32.7476196289062, -116.86190032959

Crest final hump leading to summit; pass old mining prospects

MGM009

Location: 32.7520904541016, -116.860702514648

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