Otay Mountain Truck Trail is a well-maintained road that winds over the ridge tops of the San Ysidro Mountains. The trail is well used by the U.S. Border Patrol, which takes advantage of its ridge top views and turnouts to maintain an active presence near the international border. Expect to see their distinctive white and green vehicles along this trail. Although camping is not prohibited, you can expect a very disturbed night if you camp here. The trail follows a narrow shelf road for almost its entire length. The surface of the road is very smooth, but there are frequent blind corners and limited passing places. Mirrors have been placed on many of these corners to assist drivers in avoiding unexpected encounters on these bends. Special Attractions: Easy scenic trail that can be traveled in most weather; Views over the international border, San Diego Bay, and the San Ysidro Mountains. High-clearance vehicles are preferred, but not necessary. This trail is dirt roads, but may have rocks, grades, water crossings, or ruts that make clearance a concern in a normal passenger vehicle. The trail is fairly wide, so that passing is possible at almost any point along the trail. Mud is not a concern under normal weather conditions.
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