The driving directions take you to a gate on private property. A sign there directs you to drive to the Pio Pico campground at the other end of the trail. Starting from that end puts you onto a very steep climb right out of the gate. I saw 9, 10, up to 19% grade. The views are nice, but the climb on gravel is intense.
Need to Know
Beware of rattlesnakes. Bring plenty of water and snacks. Popular area for trucks and jeeps. Campground convenience store can provide refreshments and restroom.
This is the Otay Mountain Truck Trail. It is an unshaded, open-sky climb. The grade is fairly mellow as far as climbs go if it's done in this direction—riding the reverse is a steeper climb for those so inclined. The views are pretty awesome, and the descent down to the campground is a blast. Beware because the gravel is loose, so the corners are formidable at high speed. The place is also popular for jeeps and trucks, so watch out for those as well.
Recommend making this part of an epic loop starting and ending at the Otay Lake boat ramp. Bring plenty of water and snacks. You can also re-fill at the campground convenience store if needed.
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by Cameron Gary