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 http://www.hooleys.com/home.html
Trip overview: http://www.trimbleoutdoors.com/ViewTrip/1469517
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.