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On March 5, 2012, I participated in a hike from the Eastlake district of Chula Vista to the summit of Mother Miguel Mountain sponsored by the Take a Hike group on meetup.com.
The trail appears to be an unofficial "social" trail, but much of it is fairly good, with enough switchbacks to avoid extremely steep slopes.
A surprise at the summit is a sizable rock pile and a peculiar maze-like structure made of piled rocks.
The route followed was the same as the route previously followed to Mt. Miguel on February 6 (see 20120206.htm), as far as the trail junction at . The survey begins where we turned off to follow the trail to Mother Miguel Mountain.
The lower "trailhead" is on the north side of Proctor Valley Road at N 32 39.754 W 116 56.873. The summit of Mother Miguel Mountain is at N 32 41.085 W 116 57.828.
After the hike, I located an alternate trailhead on Butterfly Way (Thomas 1311 J1). A power line access road begins there and crosses the trail to Mt. Miguel and Mother Miguel Mountain. Street parking is available on Butterfly Way.
At the summit, we met a mountain biker who had ridden up from Mount San Miguel Community Park. After the hike, I checked out the park. I saw some trails, but the route to Mother Miguel Mountain was not obvious. I plotted the location on the topo, but the topo is out of date and does not show streets in that area.
Transcript of survey.
Data plotted on topo (including Feb. 6 data)
Philip J. Erdelsky