Corte Madera Mountain Trail

Descanso, California

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On a clear late autumn or winter day atop Corte Madera Mountain, you can see forever—or at least as far as Santa Catalina and San Clemente islands to the west, and the mile-high Sierra Juarez plateau in Baja California to the south. From many parts of San Diego, Corte Madera Mountain’s sheer south face appears as an abrupt drop in the profile of the eastern horizon. On the summit, you stand near the edge of that 300-foot precipice.

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"On a clear late autumn or winter day atop Corte Madera Mountain, you can see forever—or at least as far as Santa Catalina and San Clemente islands to the west, and the mile-high Sierra Juarez plateau in Baja California to the south. From many parts of San Diego, Corte Madera Mountain’s sheer south face appears as an abrupt drop in the profile of the eastern horizon. On the summit, you stand near the edge of that 300-foot precipice."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Descanso
Distance: 6.5
Elevation Gain: 1,750 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 4 hours
Season: November through May
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Descanso Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Morena Reservoir, Descanso
Driving Directions: Directions to Corte Madera Mountain Trail

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May 2018