McGinty Mountain

McGinty Mountain hike

McGinty Mountain is part of San Diego’s 11,000+ acre National Wildlife Refuge and is home to some of the rarest plant species in the county. Despite having a relatively low peak elevation (2183 ft.) in comparison to some of its neighboring peaks, like Lawson and Gaskill Peaks, the panoramic views from McGinty Mountain’s summit are no less spectacular.

McGinty Mountain offers a quick, adventurous hike that will stimulate your senses and reward you with outstanding scenery every step of the way. And with a variety of connecting trails that lead to scenic lookouts and cave sites, there is plenty to explore if you’d like to do more than bag a peak.

McGinty Mountain trail info.

  • Distance: 5.0 miles (one way)
  • Hiking time: 3 hours
  • Type: Out and back
  • Elevation gain: 1400’
  • Difficulty: 6/10 (elevation gain)
  • Elevation: 2183’
  • Rank on 100 peaks list: 86/100
  • Usage: Hiking, Trail running, Mountain biking, Dogs allowed
  • When to go: Spring, Fall, Winter
  • Agency: California Department of Fish and Wildlife

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Robb Keele

Robb Keele

Robb is a native San Diegan and avid hiker, backpacker, picture taker and 52 Hike Challenger. He created Getgo Outdoors with the goal of giving back to the outdoor community and inspiring others to get outdoors.
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