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San Miguel Mtn Full Moon Hike via the Old Iron Bridge and the Sweetwater River

Have you wanted to climb San Miguel Mountain (the one between Spring Valley and Eastlake sprouting all the TV antenas) but weren't sure of the route (or the legality)? Here's your chance. We'll meet at the Old Iron Bridge off of Campo Rd (across from the Edwards and new YMCA, Rancho SD) at 2:45p and start hiking by 3:00p.

We'll start off along a very scenic stretch of the Sweetwater River. Even though civilization is just over the ridge, you feel like you are in the backcountry. The willows should be starting to change, adding some color to the trek. Expect birds galore in the small ponds that we'll pass. We'll then start climbing, hitting the summit of San Miguel around sunset at 6:35pm (depending on the group, we may overshoot or undershoot).

Assuming Mother Nature cooperates, we'll have spectacular views of the Sweetwater Reservoir, Downtown, Coronado and the Bay, and on into Mexico and the Coronado Islands.

We'll hang out until the moon is up and bright (though moonrise is 6:14p, twilight lasts until 7:01p), so bring some food and libation to share at the peak. We'll head back via the utility road, so the return trip is quick and easy. I'm guessing we'll be back to the cars by 8:30p. Optional visit to Hooley's Irish Pub

Trip overview:

RT distance 11 miles.

Iron Bridge to peak, 6 miles.

Peak back to the cars 5 miles, via paved utility road.

2500' Elev gain, most during the 2.5 mile climb from the river valley to the peak.

Dogs permitted if socialized and accustomed to trail hiking--no newbies! Be aware that rattlers are common, so on leash is recommended. Bring plenty of water!!!

Bring: At least 3 liters of water, headlamp/flashlight, layered clothing, and snacks/beverages to share.

You must fully understand that attending these events involves risks and dangers of serious bodily injury, including permanent disability, paralysis, and death. Fully accept and assume all such risks and all responsibility for losses, costs, and damages. Hereby release from all liability, claims, demands, losses, or damages on my account caused or alleged to be caused in whole or in part by the members of this group. I have read this agreement, I fully understand its terms, understand that I have given up substantial rights by attending and have attended freely and without inducement or assurance of any nature and intend it to be a complete and unconditional release of all liability to the greatest extent allowed by law.

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  • Amber

    now that I'm at home with baby and more of an armchair hiker I look back on these fond memories and so glad I made them. miss you all, especially Nathan it has been forever!

    August 23, 2014

    • Derrick W.

      Yes I really enjoyed that hike and less than 3 miles from my home

      August 23, 2014

  • Nathan

    I came up with nearly 14 miles this time. Anyone else have a gps going?

    September 30, 2012

  • Nathan

    I came up with nearly 14 miles this time, and my body agrees. A challenging hike but we were rewarded with spectacular views from the summit. Good group of people--thanks for coming!

    September 30, 2012

  • Amber

    Absolutely beautiful hike once the sun set. Amazing sunset which we watched during our ascent and then a lovely pesto filled picnic on top! Thanks Nathan and hoped you felt a better this time :)

    September 30, 2012

  • Dan C.

    Take lots of pictures. Never enough pictures :o)

    September 28, 2012

  • Amber

    My toe feels a bit better so hope to make it! The arnica gel and ice seem to work!

    September 26, 2012

  • Nathan

    Ice that toe Amber! Hope you can make it but no pressure : )

    September 25, 2012

  • Dan C.

    Might be the longest title ever for one of our events! ;o)

    September 24, 2012

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