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Viejas Mountain

San Diego Metro Area, California

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  • View of the trailhead.- Viejas Mountain
  • View to the south overlooking Anderson Road.- Viejas Mountain
  • Wildflowers blooming near the trail.- Viejas Mountain
  • Wildflowers blooming near the trail.- Viejas Mountain
  • Our Lord's candle blooming along the trail.- Viejas Mountain
  • The trail isn't maintained very well.- Viejas Mountain
  • Wildflowers blooming near the trail.- Viejas Mountain
  • View to the east from the summit, overlooking Interstate 8 and Viejas Casino.- Viejas Mountain
  • Unidentified species of lizard basking in the sunlight.- Viejas Mountain
  • These stones at the summit of Viejas Mountain once stood as a winter solstice marker constructed by Native Americans who lived in the area. In the 1970s, campers destroyed the site to construct windbreaks.- Viejas Mountain
  • View to the northwest from the summit.- Viejas Mountain
  • View to the southwest from the summit.- Viejas Mountain
  • View from the summit.- Viejas Mountain
  • Wildflowers blooming near the trail.- Viejas Mountain
  • Wildflowers blooming near the trail.- Viejas Mountain
  • View of Anderson Road on the return trip.- Viejas Mountain
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Panoramic views. Solitude.
Cons: 
High summer temperatures. Strenuous.
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Region:
San Diego Metro Area, CA
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
No
Highest point: 
4,200.00 ft (1,280.16 m)
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,500.00 ft (457.20 m)
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
None
Permit required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Fall
Total Distance: 
3.00 mi (4.83 km)
Total elevation gain: 
1,550.00 ft (472.44 m)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
2,700.00 ft (822.96 m)
Typically multi-day: 
No
Current Local Weather:
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Viejas Mountain is a short and strenuous hike nestled in the rugged foothills of eastern San Diego. Climbing 1,600 feet in under 2 miles, this trek is not for the faint of heart. There is little to no shade to be found along the trail, so be sure to bring adequate sun protection and avoid hiking during hot weather. Spring is an ideal time for this hike, when wildflowers such as wooly blue curls, prickly phlox, and cow parsnip dot the landscape. The region is also populated by waist-high chaparral consisting mostly of chamise, manzanita, and yucca plants. At the summit hikers are rewarded with 360-degree views of the surrounding countryside. On a clear day the view stretches from the Pacific Ocean to Mexico.

Native Americans who at one time lived in this region built a winter solstice marker at the summit; however, it was destroyed by campers who rearranged the stones into a windbreak. Remember the impact that you can make on the landscape, and always try to Leave No Trace

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