Survey of Trail up Mother Miguel Mountain

September 25, 2012

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On September 25, 2012, I hiked up Mother Miguel Mountain from Mount Miguel Community Park, to check out a trail that I found out about when I hiked up to this peak by a different route on March 5, 2012 (see 20120305.htm).

The trail appears to be an unofficial "social" trail, but unlike the trail up Mount Miguel (see 20120206.htm) it has enough switcbacks in the steep parts to make the hike reasonably doable.

A surprise at the summit is a sizable rock pile and a peculiar maze-like structure made of piled rocks.

The lower trailhead is on the north side of Mount San Miguel Community Park at N 32 40.341 W 116 58.407, near the off-leash areas for dogs. The summit of Mother Miguel Mountain is at N 32 41.085 W 116 57.828.

To reach the trailhead from Mount San Miguel Community Park, follow the trail in the direction marked "Paseo Veracruz". The trail takes you uphill under some power lines. When you reach the cutoff to Paseo Veracruz, you'll notice two social trails to your left, just across a dirt road. Turn about 135o left and enter the trail to the left. When you come to a fork in the trail, keep right. Then cross over a dirt road and enter the trail to the summit. It has many side trails that cut swtichbacks, but none that lead elsewhere. Just follow the most well-beaten path.

The topo is out of date and does not show either Mount San Miguel Community Park or any of the streets in that area. More work is needed.

Another surprise from this trip is the peculiar sound emanating from the power lines near Mount San Miguel Community Park, which I recorded. I note that it sounded a lot running water. I was hoping for a waterfall. Since the sound was recorded with a voice recorder, the fidelity is not very high.

Transcript of survey.
Power line sound.
Power line sound.
Image annotations.
Data plotted on topo (including Feb. 6 and Mar. 5 data)

Philip J. Erdelsky