McGinty Mountain Trail

Jamul, California 91935

McGinty Mountain Trail

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"Rising like a scruffy whaleback above a sea of luxury homes, McGinty Mountain hosts a rich but circumspect treasure of botanical oddities. Several rare and endangered plant species make their home here on soils derived from a relatively uncommon form of bedrock called gabbro. More than half of California’s remaining specimens of Dehesa beargrass cling to the mountain’s rocky spine. The endemic San Diego thornmint, its habitat reduced by 90 percent due to urbanization over the last century, survives here, as does San Miguel savory, Perry’s tetracoccus, and Gander’s butterweed. Some of these plants are believed to be relict species, once common but now almost squeezed out of existence by gradual climate changes occurring over the past 10,000 years or more."

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50 Best Short Hikes San Diego (Wilderness Press)
Jerry Schad & Don Endicott
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"Rising like a scruffy whaleback above a sea of luxury homes, McGinty Mountain hosts a rich but circumspect treasure of botanical oddities. Several rare and endangered plant species make their home here on soils derived from a relatively uncommon form of bedrock called gabbro. These soils are low in mineral elements normally essential to plants and high in toxic elements like iron and heavy metals, an environment requiring unique adaptations for these specialists to survive and thrive. More than half of California’s remaining specimens of Dehesa nolina cling to the mountain’s rocky spine." Read more

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3/20/2013
This was my first hike in like a year and needless to say there were several times my dog and I had to stop and catch our breath. It was a good workout and had some great views. I went off trail and found a weird man dug cave. I was tempted to explore but I realized that was dumb and moved on. There was another one near the summit that looked more like a coyote den. I'm still curious about what the other one was. I didn't make it the full five miles because I thought the trail was done once I hit the first peak. I found out I was wrong from another hiker on my way back down. Overall, I hike 2.2 miles. 1 mile up hill, another mile back down.
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4/24/2009
Great 360 degree views. clear day and could see forever. Challenge to get to the top.
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4/1/2008
The trail itself is not wonderfully interesting, but as an afternoon's exercise, I would recommend it. The views from the top are great and up there it is typically cool and breezy.
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5/12/2007
Very steep, if you go by bike, lots of hike-a-bike sections, very loose/rocky in spots. Awesome 360 degree veiws.
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Trail Information

Jamul
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
5
Distance
1,400 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
3 hours
Duration
November through May
Season
McGinty Mountain Preserve
Local Contacts
USGS Dulzura, Alpine
Local Maps

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Dec 2018