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Ascent to San Miguel Mountain-Corp Boundary on 2017-11-20

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, November 20, 2017
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Point Reached:San Miguel Mountain - Corp Boundary
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:1050 ft / 320 m
    Remaining Elevation:1515 ft / 461 m (79% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

Frustrated by the outdated information I attempted this 1k prominence peak today. A totally bust. The people that are still bagging this peak are illegal and tempting a big fine from the local game wardens according to the locals I talked to. So I read the summit post entry that said "city property but they don't seem to mind us hiking up it" or something to that effect.

Not sure exactly where the trail started and there was no TH sign so when greeted with a barb wire fence, I hopped it as the summit post person had said was no big deal. At this point I missed any signs saying you can not proceed. But those came later. Apparently they have recently really made it perfectly clear they do not want anyone hiking on the trail. I found a sign that said something to the affect of wildlife protection area no trespassing once I was finally found the ridge trail. The trail is in great shape and evidence that it is used was stamped in the sand BUT as you approach the power towers signage pops up saying to stay out. I was not over a mile committed in to this so I wondered if you would ease up and be OK now that I had found the trail and then at the city corporate boundary there is a double fence of barb wire and signage. OK I get the message. I am not about to trespass even on public land that has that much effort at keeping one out.

Frustrated that there is not more good reports explaining the situation. I was baited into this by seeing that several people have hiked this route this year without saying it can not be done. Most recently the legendary Bob Packard just summited the peak on 2 months ago? Perhaps there is another way like up the paved road to the towers. If someone knows please post but I am going on record as saying if you go up the standard GPS trails in the database you are flirting with a fine or arrest. I went over and hiked up Mother Miguel peak next and asked the locals what is up with San Miguel. They told me that it has been closed for a couple of years now and that golfers that see people on the ridge have been known to call the game wardens and they will wait at the gate and hand out the tickets. That aint worth it for me.....on to the next.

I still do not see why so many public lands prevent even one linear impact of a trail as someone harmful to the wildlife? I would like to see these situations explained to the public instead of simply posting public lands.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:410 ft / 124 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.4 mi / 3.9 km
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:410 ft / 124 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Route:see TR
    Start Trailhead:Montevalle Rec park (see TR)  640 ft / 195 m
Descent Statistics
    Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
Ascent Part of Trip: SanDiego-2

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
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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