Category: Distance 2.1 to 5 miles

Amboy Crater

Location: Mojave National Preserve between Barstow and Needles. From Barstow, take I-40 east for 50 miles to exit 50. Turn right and make a quick left on to National Trails Highway (also signed as county route 66 – a former segment of US Route 66). Head east for 26.4 miles to Crater Road. Turn right…

Amboy Crater, CA

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Viejas Mountain

Location: North of Alpine in San Diego County. From I-8, take the Tavern Road exit (30). Head left on Tavern Road for 0.2 mile to Victoria Park Terrace. Bear right and go 0.9 mile to Victoria Drive. Go 1.4 mile to Anderson Road (easy to miss; if you find yourself heading back south toward the…

View from Viejas Mountain, Alpine, CA

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Afton Canyon

Location: Mojave desert between Barstow and Baker. From Interstate 15, take exit 221 for Afton Road (38 miles northeast of Barstow, 24 miles southwest of Baker and 74 miles southwest of the state line). Follow Afton Road 3.5 miles to the campground. The road is dirt and rough in some spots but should be navigable…

Afton Canyon, Baker, CA

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Barnett Ranch Preserve (Ramona)

Location: Ramona. From the intersection of Highway 78 and Highway 67 in downtown Ramona (19 miles east of Escondido and 22 miles west of Julian) head south on 10th St., which becomes San Vicente Road. The preserve entrance will be on your right in 3 miles. Agency: San Diego County Parks & Recreation Distance: 2.5…

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McGinty Mountain

McGinty Mountain Location: East of San Diego, near Alpine. Take Highway 94 east for 5.1 miles past the junction with Highway 125. Turn right onto Campo Road (still Highway 94) and go 4.5 miles to Lyons Valley Rd. Turn left and go 0.7 mile to Jamul Rd. Turn left and go 0.4 mile to the…

McGinty Mountain, San Diego County, CA

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Sunday Peak

Sunday Peak Location: Sequoia National Forest near Alta Sierra, northern Kern County. From Lake Isabella, take Highway 155 north for 6 miles to Wofford Heights. Turn left to stay on Highway 155 (Evans Rd.) and follow it for 7.7 miles to Greenhorn Summit. Turn right on Rancheria Road (note the sign for Sunday Peak as…

Sunday Peak, Kern County, CA

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Mother Miguel Mountain

Location: Mt. San Miguel Park, Chula Vista. From the 125 toll road, take the Mt. Miguel Road exit (9) and head east for 0.7 mile. Turn left onto Paseo Veracruz and drive a short distance to the park entrance, on the left. The trail leaves from the north end of the park. If you want…

Mother Miguel Mountain, Chula Vista, CA

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