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.
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.
Hooray for Otay! Not really. Nice hazy view of downtown San Diego.
Sometime before 1994. Weird to see Border Patrol along the way...
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...
Bad views hazy day, lots of border patrol around
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.
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.
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
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.
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...
Easy drive and easy walkup. Ran across some friendly border patrol agents as well. Wildflower display was really nice and so were the views.
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!
In the area on business, so drove up here one afternoon.
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.
Always enjoy taking a ride up Otay.
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.
Not a bad way to kill 3 hours of time.