Ascent of Otay Mountain Wilderness High Point on 2019-06-11
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Tuesday, June 11, 2019|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
|Peak:||Otay Mountain Wilderness High Point|
| Elevation:||3551 ft / 1082 m|
Ascent Trip ReportNear the Pio Pico Resort, RV Park, and Country Store is an innocuous sign that says Coyote Canyon Cafe. Next to that sign is an unmarked gate that leads into the Otay Mountain Wilderness. The dirt road has some pavement erosion at first, but soon turns into a narrow, gravel road. This reminds me of the Highway of Death in South America. There are enough visibility and parabolic mirrors to see oncoming traffic. There is no guardrail, only the occasional marker to warn you away from the edge. Not recommended for night driving. This road will take you to Doghouse Junction, which is a good place to start your hike. Gravel roads serve several routes up the mountain, making most of the peaks and minor bumps drive-ups, especially to a 4WD vehicle.
Leaving Doghouse Junction, I approached my destination by following the gravel road clockwise around the ridge. The High Point is not immediately visible at this point. The gravel road pointed downhill and, for a minute, thought it wise to ascend the ridge on my right. I found a rock wall that would shorten the bushwhack to the top of the ridge. After a scramble, a bushwhack, and a dead end, I looked south and saw a dirt road leading off from the gravel road. I returned to the gravel road and walked to the dirt road. This would not be accessible to a family sedan. Dirt road took me to a point where I could bushwhack up a small bump. There are two bumps here. The one with the small antennas is not the High Point. The High Point is actually lower than the antennas by a stroll of 89 feet.
Being close to the border the smog was pretty thick down at sea level but views from the High Point were pretty good. I could see Cuyamaca and Cajon Mountain, but nothing on the coast.
I followed the dirt road back to the gravel. On the opposite side of the road was another dirt road, which led past two minor bumps before returning to the gravel road and Doghouse Junction. The day was hot and there was little shad, so I curtailed further exploration.
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