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gimpilator70 Peaks In 30 Days  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 3, 2017


This was the first summit of my month long solo peakbagging trip. It was the only drive up.

For photos and brief route descriptions see the trip report.
Posted May 5, 2017 12:25 pm

cabDrive Up - Minnewawa Truck Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 23, 2013


Easily driven road by most any vehicle and the road improves the higher you go up. Nice views from the top. I also hiked Bell Bluff and McGinty Mountain earlier in the day and drove up to Tecate Peak afterwards to get four SDC Peaks without too much effort.
Posted Nov 25, 2013 12:05 pm

ericnoelOtay  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 10, 2013


Hooray for Otay! Not really. Nice hazy view of downtown San Diego.
Posted Nov 10, 2013 6:58 pm

Bob BurdRoad hike  Sucess!

Bob Burd

Sometime before 1994. Weird to see Border Patrol along the way...
Posted Apr 18, 2012 2:03 am

fallcolorOtay in the Sprng
Date Climbed: May 1, 2011
walked up the road to the peak from the rv park on Hwy 94 with my brother in law...a good work-out and views to the west were fairly clear...
Posted Feb 12, 2012 12:13 pm

harryquachHazy Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 7, 2011


Bad views hazy day, lots of border patrol around
Posted Jun 2, 2011 12:06 pm

WoundedKneewalked from rv camp  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 20, 2011


The winter rains did a number on this road, and it was too gnarly for my rented Corolla. Got a nice 12 mile hike in, getting back just before dark. 3.5 hours.
Posted Apr 21, 2011 12:46 pm

kavakFrom the east, Maron Valley Rd Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 28, 2010


This road can be driven by 2-wheel drive vehicles but I found it to be basically a one lane road. Careful driving will get you to the top safely. I saw one border patrol vehicle and stopped and visited with him briefly. Windy and cloudy on top with views at times when there was a break in the clouds.
Posted Jan 5, 2011 11:25 am

DundeelOtay high  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 5, 2010


Otay Lakes Road was closed by a bad wreck just west of the mountain. I drove around via hwy 94 to the Minnewawa Rd. Watch for the encouraging messages someone has written on most of the roadside reflectors. The gate to the summit spur was open but I parked and walked so I could stretch my legs. CA P2k 15/163
Posted Dec 10, 2010 7:10 pm

PeterDeeDrive up  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 9, 2010
Went up the north side in a Subaru with 2 kids... information ericwillhite's report is super helpful. Inital gate is at extreme right of the parking lot. The drive up might not be appropriate for those afraid of heights. Totally doable, though. We hit the summit and then continued down the south/west side. That road was better/safer but a little confusing when we hit the bottom. Had to scramble a little to come out on Alta Rd., south of Kubler Ranch Rd. Otay Truck Trail west exit to Alta as it appears on Google Maps seems to be blocked off.
Posted Oct 9, 2010 7:32 pm

HeyItsBenDual sport  Sucess!


Did it on my motorcycle, does that count? I hate hiking peaks with roads to the top. I suppose I should come back with my mountain bike. Great views, lots of border patrol...
Posted Aug 3, 2010 4:30 pm

NavySeabeeOtay Mtn Truck Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 3, 2010


Easy drive and easy walkup. Ran across some friendly border patrol agents as well. Wildflower display was really nice and so were the views.
Posted Apr 5, 2010 12:56 pm

Iron HikerEarly morning drive  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 28, 2009

Iron Hiker

Drove up after dropping off my family at the SD airport. Saw nobody besides Border Patrol (nice guys!). Excellent visibility, all the way from Mt Baldy in the San Gabriels to (maybe) Picacho del Diablo in Baja. My little Ford Escort had absolutely no problem on the gravel road - it's one well-maintained route! Drove up from the west and descended the east side en route to the Laguna Mountains - both ways work well!
Posted Dec 28, 2009 5:46 pm

Dennis PoulinDrive Up  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 7, 2007

Dennis Poulin

In the area on business, so drove up here one afternoon.
Posted Dec 13, 2009 8:31 pm

ericwillhiteMinnewawa Truck Road  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 20, 2009


Drove up the Minnewawa Truck Road with a honda accord...no problem. Pictures and map of route at http://www.willhiteweb.com/california_climbing/san_diego/otay_mountain_minnewawa_road_423.htm
Posted Oct 27, 2009 2:26 am

forjanBike ride  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 28, 2009


I rode my mountain bike from Alta Restaurant on the west side taking the Otay Mountain Truck Trail. About 2 hrs up and 25 min down. Saw over a dozen border patrol trucks/jeeps.
Posted Apr 28, 2009 10:46 pm

ADKFun Ride  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 28, 2007
Always enjoy taking a ride up Otay.
Posted Feb 15, 2009 3:18 am

mlarkin2002drive up  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 2, 2008
Quick drive up. Saw some border patrol vans looking for someone on the N slope, probably someone trying to enter the country illegally. Good views, nearly no "hiking" effort at all.
Posted Oct 11, 2008 7:39 pm

surgentEasy, nice views  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 4, 2008


Not a bad way to kill 3 hours of time.
Posted Oct 8, 2008 5:28 pm

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