Saturday, December 31, 2016

Hike #34 McGinty Mountain

52 Hike Challenge 2016 Adventure Series

5.5 miles | +1200'

McGinty Mountain is considerably less popular than some of the county’s more well-known peaks, like Cowles Mountain, Iron Mountain, and Mount Woodson. This can only be due to its comparatively remote location, because it is a beautiful and challenging hike with some amazing views.

The trail and surrounding area are managed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and is part of the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge. McGinty is home to several rare species of plants such as Deheasa beargrass and San Diego thornmint that grow in the area’s unique gabbro soil. There are also old mines scattered about the area.

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