Otay Mountain Truck Trail

Ocotillo, California

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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.
Backcountry Adventures: Southern California

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Backcountry Adventures: Southern California

by Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson (Adler Publishing )

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.

© 2006 Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson/Adler Publishing . All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Ocotillo
Distance: 16.2
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 700 feet
Top Elevation: 3,400 feet
Local Maps: USGS Dulzura, Otay Mt., Otay Mesa, El Cajon
Topo Map: Otay Mountain Truck Trail Topographic Map
Guide Book: Backcountry Adventures: Southern California Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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Recent Trail Reviews

8/18/2017

Great little trail, super easy and well-maintained. Midday on a weekday, all gates were open so we had no trouble exiting on the west side near the prison. Started on the eastern entrance after gun range, which I'd recommend (go down Marron Valley road). Climbing up from the east is all dirt and quite fun. Once you reach the doghouse junction the road is then graded/gravel. There are short trails everywhere that meander away from the the main one where you can crawl up to get some sweet views. I took my Tacoma but only needed the 4x4 and extra clearance for exploring off of the main trail. See you out there!

5/10/2017

Great views, easy maintained trails. Warning though: The southern exit (by the prison) has a locked gate now. You must U-turn (per border patrol). I did manage to find an exit nearby, but was pulled over afterward and warned by BP that it was private property and the owners will sue for trespassing if discovered. Just make the U-turn at the end of the trail, or take the other branch of the trail at the T at the midpoint. Would definitely go again and take the other path.

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