Table Mountain Area Drive Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"The old mine roads through this area provide terrific, and convenient, opportunities to explore the Jacumba Mountains’ beautiful, jumbled world of granite. You will drive along a ridgeline with sweeping vistas of the transitional zone between low desert and mountain chaparral characteristic of coastal ranges. Plants and animals from both zones share this habitat, with creosote bush and cholla cactus living alongside juniper and buckwheat, species normally found at higher elevations. Mule deer, golden eagles and bighorn sheep populate the area as well. Prehistoric Kumeyaay Indians came here to make stone tools from the volcanic rock, and to collect the abundant yucca, beavertail, jojoba, chia, desert apricot, the desert century plant and other foods. Old roasting pits can still be seen in the area. Today’s descendants of the Kumeyaay consider Table Mountain sacred. Despite its proximity to I-8, this area is surprisingly quiet, and the sounds of birds abound."