San Diego Trail Tramps - Scheduled Hikes for 2013

Mother Miguel Mountain

Mother Miguel Mountain in upper left, next to Sweetwater Reservoir

Date:   Sunday, May 19th, 2013  09:00 AM -  05:00 PM
Post Hike Pool Party & BBQ planned at hike member's home near trailhead! Refer to group email for details.

Info. URLs:   Current NOAA weather forecast for Mother Miguel Mountain

Location:   About 12 miles east/southeast of San Diego, NE of the Eastlake area, adjacent to Sweetwater Reservoir

Hiking time, distance, elevation gain, etc.: The R/T loop hike is 5.68 miles, with an elevation gain/loss of about 1,329'. It will take about 3 hours to complete the R/T hike, plus time for breaks. Max Slope: 26.6% - 28.3% Average Slope: 8.1% - 8.3% The trail is narrow dirt and at some points very rocky. Therefore, hiking boots with good ankle support are recommended, rather than sports shoes.

Location & description: This hike follows the southern route from Proctor Valley, initially following a paved access road just west of the golf course, then along a narrow dirt trail up switchbacks to 1,329' Mother Miguel Mountain. It is topped by the rock ruins of a former structure, as well as a huge, adjacent, rock pile.

The return portion of the counter-clockwise loop descends down more switchbacks, with awesome views of the surrounding hills, subdivisions and Sweetwater Reservoir below.

Adjacent 2,559' Mt. San Miguel is also a landmark for commercial jets while turning on approach to Lindberg Field in downtown San Diego. There are splendid views of Sweetwater Reservoir and downtown San Diego to the west, and Lower Otay Lake & Tijuana to the south.

Directions to the trailhead: The fastest route is via the 125 from San Diego, but it's a toll road--$2.50 in exact change. To avoid the toll, take the H Street exit off the 805. Keep going east and you will cross route 125. East H Street becomes Proctor Valley Road. Continue on Proctor Valley Road, then turn left on Los Altos Drive and follow it as it curves left to the end of a cul-de-sac. Park along the street.

The beginning of the trail is straight ahead and to the immediate right, just outside the subdivision. Refer to the Google Earth 3D map posted at the bottom of this page (not the topo map shown above it) for the actual loop hike in 3D, also with a cool elevation profile.

Another great place to start is Sweetwater Regional County Park located at 3218 Summit Meadow Road, Bonita, CA 91902. It's a county campground so they have great maps of all the different trails in the area and plenty of parking. It's a great place to hike often and to try different trails. Here's the info: Hours: Camping, 24 hours/day. Day use, 9:30 a.m. to sunset. Phone Number: 619-472-7572

  Google Earth:

Google Earth streams the world over wired and wireless networks enabling users to virtually go anywhere on the planet and see places in photographic detail. This is not like any map you have ever seen. This is a 3D model of the real world, based on real satellite images combined with maps, guides to restaurants, hotels, entertainment, businesses and more. You can zoom from space to street level instantly and then pan or jump from place to place, city to city, even country to country!

Here is the Google Earth .kmz file for the hike itself:

To preview a 3D model of this actual hike in Google Earth, right click on this file: MotherMiguelMountain.kml and save it to your desktop.


Double click that precious desktop file and it should launch Google Earth (if you already have Google Earth installed on your computer). If you do not have the free Google Earth application already installed, first go to to download and install it. Trust me, it's worth the effort!

After Google Earth launches, scroll down to the bottom of the "Places" column on the left, to the "Temporary Places" folder near the bottom of the column.

Click in the box, to the left of the MotherMiguelMountain.kml file to select the folder and it's contents. (HERE WE GO!)

That folder should already appear open, with the contents below it. If it isn't, click the side arrow to the left of the MotherMiguelMountain.kml file to open that folder. (ALMOST THERE!)

Now, when the folder contents is exposed, select (single click) the .kmz file with the icon to the left of it which looks like a triangle with 3 connected dots. (and NOW FOR THE PAYOFF!)

Finally, click on the similar triangular button at the bottom right corner of the column to play the 3D tour. YOUR CAKE IS NOW BAKED! ENJOY!

If you'd like to check out the elevation profile of the hike (AND THIS IS A VERY COOL TOOL!), just right-click on the active tour file in the left hand column and select "Show Elevation Profile". Move your cursor over the profile and watch the arrow move along the loop hike to determine the altitude at any point! WOW!

If you have any problems or comments on accessing the 3D Tour, feel free to shoot an email to CyberHiker @ We'll be glad to help! THANKS FOR YOUR PATIENCE!