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4.52 miles

Elevation Gain

1280 ft

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The McGinty Mountain Trail in Jamul, California, is a moderately challenging hiking route that spans approximately 4.52 miles. The trail is marked by a steady incline, making it suitable for hikers with a moderate level of fitness. The trail's highest point offers panoramic views of the surrounding area, including the Sweetwater Reservoir and the Pacific Ocean on clear days. The trail is known for its unique rock formations and diverse plant life, including chaparral and coastal sage scrub. Wildlife sightings are common, with hikers often spotting birds, lizards, and occasionally deer. The trail also features a small creek, which can be crossed via stepping stones. Hikers are advised to wear sturdy shoes due to the rocky terrain and bring plenty of water, especially during the summer months when temperatures can rise. The trail is open year-round, but the best time to hike is during the cooler months of fall and spring. The trail is well-marked, but hikers should still carry a map for navigation.
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