McGinty Mountain trailhead

McGinty map

McGinty Mountain is a steep and challenging trail, and signage is limited. Please stay on the widest trail most traveled.

McGinty Mountain standing at 2,183 feet is a beautiful and wild part of the refuge that has unique species specially adapted to higher elevations and red-colored gabbro soils. There you can find Parry's tetracoccus, dehesa bear grass, mountain woolly blue curls, and endangered San Diego thornmint.

 McGinty Mountain looking East 
Peak of McGinty Mountain looking east

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, so take care not to tress pass. 

hiking down mcginty mountain feb 2013 
Heading down McGinty looking southwest toward San Miguel and Otay Mountains


Mileage from parking lot to the peak: approximately 2.5 miles, with about 2,200 feet of elevation gain (this is a very challenging hike not recommended for beginners). This makes the round trip 5 miles total.

 McGinty map

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



Google MAP

From the west: 

54 East merges into the 94 East, which eventually turns back into the 54, or Jamacha Blvd.  
Turn right on Willow Glen Drive.
Make your first right onto Steele Cyn Rd. where you will see signs for the Cottonwood Golf Course. You will pass our other trailhead on Par 4 Drive.
Make your first left onto Jamul Drive where the elementary school is.
Drive cautiously up the canyon for a couple of miles and turn left into our small parking lot.

From the south:

Take 94 (Campo Rd) north until you see Lyons Valley Rd.
Turn right onto Lyons Valley, then left on Jamul Drive.  
Right after you pass the Jamul Community Church, our parking lot will be on the right.