McGinty Mountain trailhead

McGinty map

McGinty Mountain is a steep and somewhat challenging trail.  This trail is not meant for beginner hikers.  Always try to hike with a buddy, and bring plenty of water.  There are no trail signs, so please stay on the widest trail most traveled.

McGinty mountain trailhead; Jamul Drive parking lot

There is a 17-space parking lot and trail staging area located on Jamul Drive, approximately one-half mile west of Lyons Valley Road, in Jamul, California.  

From northern or western San Diego, take the 54 East and merge onto the 94 East.  The 94 eventually turns back into the 54, or, Jamacha Blvd.  Pass the shopping centers and make your first right on Willow Glen Drive.  Make your first right onto Steele Cyn Rd. where you will see signs for the Cottonwood Golf Course.  Make your first left onto Jamul Drive.  Drive carefully up the canyon for a couple miles and turn left into the dirt lot where the trailhead is located.

From southern San Diego, or Campo area, drive up the 94 until you see Lyons Valley Rd. Turn right onto Lyons Valley, and left onto Jamul Drive.  Right after you pass the Jamul Community Church, the trailhead parking lot will be on your right.

Access to this trail system was established within a series of trail easements.  These easements and other properties connecting to the refuge are both private and public lands.

Please stay on the designated trail.  In the future, there will be trail work improvements in the area, as the refuge finalizes its trail plan.