Hot Springs Mountain – Cheeseburger as high as you can get in San Diego – 11/08/2009

December 11, 2009 at 9:10 pm 5 comments

I have been waiting for quite a while to summit Hot Springs Mountain in San Diego County . At 6,533′, it is the county’s highest point. And, for the past 5 years, it has been closed to the public.

It is located within the Los Coyotes Indian Reservation. Apparently, due to the bad behavior of some off road enthusiasts, as well as some within-tribal politics, the tribe closed their campgrounds and trails to all outsiders in 2004. A friend of mine let me know that it has just opened and I jumped at the chance.

After summiting the wrong peak, we climbed back down to the barely-maintained road. Due to the capability of my trusty Tiguan, we were able to make it up to the summit parking lot, which was only .2 miles from the actual summit. So, it wasn’t much of a hike, but it sure was a delicious burger.

Except in an airplane flying over San Diego, it doesn’t get any higher than this.

Tasty Cheese and Beef on Hot Springs Mountain



Entry filed under: California Summits.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. sirloinofbeef  |  December 15, 2009 at 3:13 pm


    Glad to see you’re getting peaks as they become available. It would be a shame to miss a Cheeseburger Summit because access is lost again.

    BTW, it looks warm there – we’re starting to freeze here in Utah.


  • 2. Derek (100 Peaks)  |  December 15, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    After some recent rains, it’s still sunny here in San Diego. Gotta love it.

  • 3. Derek (100 Peaks)  |  December 15, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    …and you know, Cheeseburger Summits are my prime directive. Above all else. 😉

  • 4. sirloinofbeef  |  December 15, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    I hope to be strapping on the skis and eating a half-frozen burger on a peak soon. Maybe this weekend.

  • 5. Derek (100 Peaks)  |  December 15, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    Awesome. Have a great time!


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