McGinty Mountain Ecological Reserve


McGinty Mountain Ecological Reserve is a 411-acre property. The terrain is rocky and the vegetation types include coastal sage scrub and chaparral restricted to gabbro-derived soils. It is estimated that non-game bird and small mammal use is high. Migratory songbirds use the site in moderately large numbers.

The property has a history of mining activities and moderate ORV and equestrian use, yet despite this it is in good condition. It was purchased to maintain and protect rare plant populations and the unique form of coastal sage scrub and chaparral vegetation present, and was designated as an ecological reserve by the Fish and Game Commission in 1993.

For more information, call the South Coast Region San Diego office at (858) 467-4201.

Recreational Opportunities

Wildlife Viewing Hiking Trails

Activities: wildlife viewing, hiking

NOTE: Visitors are responsible for knowing and complying with all regulations pertaining to the use of Department lands.

Refer to the Public Uses on State and Federal Lands section of the Waterfowl, Upland Game, and Public Use Regulations (PDF) booklet for both statewide and property-specific regulations.

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You may not operate a drone on CDFW Lands without a Special Use Permit.

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South Coast Region (Region 5)

San Diego County

Directions: Hwy 94 to Jamacha Rd (Hwy 54) south of El Cajon. East on Willow Glen Drive. Reserve is on the right.

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