San Diego: San Pasqual-Clevenger Trail South

Link two unnamed peaks in the rugged hills above San Pasqual-Clevenger Canyon on this challenging 4-mile, half-day hike.

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Trail Facts

  • Distance: 3.2



Location: 33.0849189758301, -116.922096252441

Head S from Tim’s Canyon into gentle switch­backs dotted with coastal sage scrub


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L @ Y; reach small ridgeline overlook with impressive views E into the folds of Santa Ysabel Creek, then descend into ravine


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Cross seasonal dry creekbed and pick up rising trail along ridge through low pockets of green deerweed topped with yellow-to-red corolla blooms


Location: 33.0770111083984, -116.91739654541

Last 300 ft. of climb gives vantages W to the patchwork farms of San Pasqual and jagged slopes of Clevenger Canyon


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Crest ridge: Take L @ T


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Travel rocky path around first unnamed high point (1,755 ft.); from boulders, it’s a clear view to Mt. Woodson and the uplifted plains of the Santa Maria Valley


Location: 33.0780868530273, -116.909843444824

L @ Y, veering N along ridgeline where chaparral thins


Location: 33.0822792053223, -116.907997131348

Trail dead-ends @ second unnamed summit with more views into nearby canyons. Retrace route to car

Looking back into the valley

Location: 33.0773010253906, -116.917495727539

©Rajeev Jain

From the second summit

Location: 33.0821838378906, -116.90803527832

The lush river bottom snakes through the foothills. ©Rajeev Jain

Canyons Abound

Location: 33.0790977478027, -116.909439086914

A knobby, canyon-filled landscape can be seen from the saddle between these two unnamed summits.©Rajeev Jain

A view of Mt Woodson looking SW

Location: 33.0764312744141, -116.911827087402

©Rajeev Jain

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