Otay Mountain Trail

Dulzura, California

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One of the most spectacular wildflower displays I have ever witnessed was found one April day as I hiked along the northeast flank of Otay Mountain. The road to the summit was lined with a changing palette of blooming plants: yellow and red monkeyflower, morning glory, yerba santa, chaparral pea, wild pea, clematis, nightshade, mountain misery, and wild hyacinth. On one slope recently swept by wildfire, there were tens of thousands of bush poppy plants, each bearing hundreds of big, delicate, four-petaled flowers—millions of flowers in all, swaying in the breeze. The chance of a recurrence of such a fire-following floral event is quite high, since wildfires tend to sweep across these slopes every few years. Absent any wildflower displays, the route is particularly enjoyable during wintertime clear-air episodes, when you can enjoy some of the most sweeping visual panoramas in all of Southern California.
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by Jerry Schad (Wilderness Press)

One of the most spectacular wildflower displays I have ever witnessed was found one April day as I hiked along the northeast flank of Otay Mountain. The road to the summit was lined with a changing palette of blooming plants: yellow and red monkeyflower, morning glory, yerba santa, chaparral pea, wild pea, clematis, nightshade, mountain misery, and wild hyacinth. On one slope recently swept by wildfire, there were tens of thousands of bush poppy plants, each bearing hundreds of big, delicate, four-petaled flowers—millions of flowers in all, swaying in the breeze. The chance of a recurrence of such a fire-following floral event is quite high, since wildfires tend to sweep across these slopes every few years. Absent any wildflower displays, the route is particularly enjoyable during wintertime clear-air episodes, when you can enjoy some of the most sweeping visual panoramas in all of Southern California.

©  Jerry Schad/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Dulzura
Distance: 15
Elevation Gain: 2,500 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 7 hours
Season: October through May
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Bureau of Land Management, Palm Springs South Field Office
Local Maps: USGS Otay Mountain
Driving Directions: Directions to Otay Mountain Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

1/1/2009
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This is a dirt truck trail the whole way to the summit but the almost continually beautiful views make up for that. This is a great training hike.



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