Ascent of Otay Mountain on 2017-11-18

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, November 18, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Otay Mountain
    Elevation:3566 ft / 1086 m

Ascent Trip Report

Finding the access road tip, watch your google map ap and when your car is right at the boundary of the green park wilderness zone (off of Otay Lakes Road) as you head eastward you will see a RV park. Just west of the RV park is a small open gate and steep dirt road heading up mountain in a southern direction and you wee a water tank site just to the right. Keep heading up the well graded road not taking any of the poorly graded 4 wheel roads along the way. The road is narrow and often difficult to pass other cars. I did pass one of the border patrol SUVs and he had to back up to let me pass. I passed many off road type vehicles and some bikers. I found the pull out that Ginger Partyka described and used in her GPS track. I must say it is a great pull over place for a vehicle if you have time to slog all the way up the road. Let call this spot Parking spot C and it is at elevation 1700 so the hike is at least 1900 feet from her with additional gain and at least 9 miles RT. I calculated two other parking spots B where I parked at 2.8 miles from the peak or a 5.6 mile RT starting at elevation 2740; and then I saw another I called Parking spot A at elevation 3080 only 1.7 miles away (3.4 mi RT) with less than 500 feet of gain. There is also plenty of parking spots at the doghouse junction at elevation 3305.

If one choses to park where I did (spot B) it is found just uphill of the only severe dog leg that you see on the aerial and USGS map directly across from small peak 2,861. I parked here as I left a conference and had little daylight left to accomplish my goals so I figured it was as far down hill as I had time for. It is an easy hike that winds up to the tower saturated peak. Despite the clutter and road hike aspect of this - I still had to rate it a 6 out of 10 because it is a 2000 foot prominence peak, it is easy to access on public lands, it had views of Mexico and downtown San Diego, and I could see the Pacific Ocean so that is all kind of cool. Cool enough to overlook the summit clutter and dirt road hike approach.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:956 ft / 290 m
    Extra Gain:65 ft / 19 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.6 mi / 9 km
    Route:maintenance road
    Trailhead:Parking pullover spot B  2740 ft / 835 m
    Grade/Class:1 steep road
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
84F start end 60F
Ascent Part of Trip: SanDiego-2

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Otay Mountain2017-11-18 a956 ft / 291 m
2Otay Mountain Wilderness High Point2017-11-18 b351 ft / 107 m
5Cuyamaca Peak2017-11-19 a1682 ft / 513 m
6Stonewall Peak2017-11-19 b880 ft / 268 m
7Middle Peak2017-11-19 c1223 ft / 373 m
8Fletcher Island High Point2017-11-19 d370 ft / 113 m
10(Attempt) San Miguel Mountain2017-11-20 a410 ft / 125 m
11Mother Miguel Mountain2017-11-20 b1097 ft / 334 m
12Iron Mountain2017-11-20 c1265 ft / 386 m
Total Trip Gain: 8234 ft / 2510 m    Total Trip Loss: 2067 ft / 629 m

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