My wife had flown down to San Diego to join me for the weekend. No hiking
yesterday while we attended to more family business, but after dropping her
off at the airport around noon, I had the afternoon free. I decided to do a
bunch of easy stuff down that way, only a few of which had any prominence to
speak of. It was an easy afternoon, largely devoid of any bushwhacking.
This is the highpoint of the long, western arm shielding San Diego harbor. It
lies inside Cabrillo National Monument. It draws lots of tourists, especially
on a Sunday afternoon. It's a short walk from the Visitor Center parking lot
to the lighthouse that sits atop the highpoint. The impressive
has been removed from the lighthouse and is on display in an adjacent building.
I made a quick visit of it, though there are plenty of other things to
see and do in the Monument if one has the time and inclination.
This one takes a bit of work, usually. Most of the mountain is part of the
Vulcan Materials quarry. Michael Sullivan's route is no longer
viable as there is a new development being built where he started on the east
side. Julie Ann Gregg simply drove up, a pretty bold move. I decided to try a
route from the west that worked quite nicely. Sunday was good as there was no
activity high on the mountain. I parked at the Avenida Palomino Park in
a new neighborhood. There isn't much to the park, but it has a concrete trail
dropping to the edge of the development. From there, I descended
cross-country to the ranch road at the bottom of the drainage. I then
followed a spur road heading NNE up the mountain,
just outside the quarry property. One has to eventually enter the quarry
property to get to the highpoint atop a loose pile of quarried rock.
Views are hardly stunning. A little under an hour for the
This is the highpoint of Otay Lakes County Park. $3 park entrance fee, but the
parking was all full on a busy Sunday, so I had to park outside. No fee to do
so. It's a ten minute hike through the park grounds then up
the rough trail network that is really just a repurposed OHV road.
Nice view of the lake and dam from the summit. To the northeast rises
Peak 1,953ft, a summit I had done a few days earlier. There is also a
Border Patrol camera installation found on the way up. I thought it was
amusing that there was a collection of discarded daypacks a short
distance away, from the very folks they are trying to keep an eye on.
This is a drive-up, the entire knob now a suburban development. Take your pick
as to which home is the highest.
Similar to Gobblers Knob, this small collection of hills east of Grossmont
College has been turned into more suburbia, though the ravines between them
have been left as undeveloped open space. I turned around in a driveway at
the highpoint and then headed back to Rancho Bernardo...