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Mount Gower

We'll be hiking up Mount Gower and back, a total distance of about five to seven miles, depending on how far we want to go. We won't reach the summit, but we will get some very good views of San Diego Country Estates, an upscale community east of Ramona. The trail is unshaded, but the sun doesn't shine as brightly this time of year.

Leashed dogs are allowed.

We'll meet at the trailhead staging area for Mount Gower Open Space Preserve 17090 Gunn Stage Road, Ramona (Thomas 1173 G1, N[masked] W[masked]). It has ample parking, rest rooms and a drinking fountain.

SUGGESTED ROUTE FROM SAN DIEGO: Take I-8 east and then Highway 67 north to Ramona. Turn right on Tenth St. (This intersection is also the end of Highway 67  and the junction with Highway 78.) Follow Tenth Street (which becomes San Vicente Road) for about six miles to a small golf course. Turn left on Gunn Stage Road and follow it about two miles to the Mount Gower Open Space Preserve at the end of the road. DO NOT PARK THERE. CONTINUE about 0.3 miles into the preserve on a gravel road to the trailhead parking lot, where we will meet.

Estimated driving time from Downtown San Diego is about one hour. The distance is about 45 miles.

The nominal starting time is 10:00 AM. I will be at the parking area by 9:30, and at 10:15 we will hit the trail. We should return to the parking area between 12:30 PM and 1:30 PM.

Check your favorite weather page on the Internet. (I like www.weather.com.) Wear good hiking shoes and layered clothing and take water, lunch and sun protection. Take a camera if you wish. Call or send E-mail if you have questions.

CONTACT:

Philip Erdelsky home[masked] cell[masked] e-mail: [masked]

Cell phone service is available in this area, although there may be a few dead spots.

SUGGESTION: Check this page a few days before the hike for any last-minute instructions.

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  • Philip E.

    Good weather. Twelve started, some turned back early. The rest of us got back about 1:30 PM. Great views, but the trail is very hilly!

    December 28, 2013

  • Moushumi D.

    Dont know how but could not find the location and was driving around Ramona, GPS was not very helpful :( nevertheless had a good hike....better luck to me next time

    December 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was my first hike with San Diego Day Hikers and I had a very nice time. Thanks to Phil for being our fearless leader. :-)

    1 · December 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had a great time hiking today and meeting some really nice folks too. Thanks for organizing, Phil! :-)

    1 · December 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I may get to come!!! I will know more later!

    December 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Foiled!

      December 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Started with the best of intentions . Decided to use iphone navigation , switched to google maps; ended up driving around Ramona and ended up on the road to Julian , way past Ramona. Lesson learned : use meet up directions . Had a nice hike anyhow on my way back in Elfin Forest.

    December 28, 2013

  • Moushumi D.

    looking forward to this hike, this will be my first hike in san diego.

    December 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    OK ALL YOU HIKERS OUT THERE! STILL NEED A RIDE.....YOOHOO!!! LET ME KNOW, 'CAUSE I WANT TO GO!

    December 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I want to go.. but my wife is making me have lunch with her mother. :(

    December 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    HEY THERE! I WOULD SOOOO LOVE TO ATTEND, BUT NEED A RTIDE SINCE I DON'T DRIVE. CAN ANYONE OUT THERE HELP ME? I LIVE OFF OF 58TH/UNIVERSITY, & MY # IS (619) 795-1050. THANKS!

    December 23, 2013

  • scott g.

    This is a good fun hike and an excellent work out. It is a ridge line hike with a lot of up and down. Going back will be a challenge as there is a lot of uphill going back (like El Cajon mountain but not as hard). The trip to the top is fun for those who might do it. There is a pathway trail with a little scrambling to get there. It's not as hard to find as it initially looks.

    December 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Done this one all the way to the top. Absolutely gorgeous and carpeted with wildflowers in the spring but taxing on the muscles esp. if in the heat and if you want to go all the way to the top. Very important to carry sufficient amt of water.

    December 16, 2013

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