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Hot Springs Mountain

Hot Springs Mountain

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Object Title: Hot Springs Mountain


Page By: Dennis Poulin

Created/Edited: Dec 5, 2009 / Dec 5, 2009

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Hot Springs Mountain is not only a 2,000 ft Prominence Peak, it is the highpoint of San Diego County. I was in the San Diego area on business and took a few extra days to tag some summits. Hot Springs Mountain is on the Los Coyotes Reservation and you have to pay an entry fee to get onto the reservation.

I paid the fee and drove up the access road. Unfortunately, I was driving a 2WD vehicle at that time and I was soon up on road covered with snow. It was kind of icy in spots and I finally stopped and decided to hike to the summit from there. It took me 3 hours to gain the remaining 1,100 ft to the summit and the roundtrip was 5.4 miles.

The road hike was partly snow covered and in the sunny areas it was clear. There is a dilapidated fire lookout near the summit. The highpoint is a little ways east of the fire lookout and you have to find the trail through the brush and find the pile of rocks with the benchmark. It was a nice day for a hike, but if the weather is clear and no snow on the ground this could be a near drive up. 3/6/2004



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