Wet Weather Trails due to Fire Roads
Length of Trail: This is a ‘there and back’ trail of up to 12 miles or more. It connects with the California Riding and Hiking Trail and travels along Sycuan Truck Trail crossing Japatul Road.
Trail description starting from Sycuan Truck Trail.
Staging Area: The best place to park is at the beginning of Sloan Canyon Truck Trail off Dehesa Road. There is not really any suitable parking for trucks and trailers along Sycuan Truck Trail.
Water: There is no water available, or corrals.
Trail Conditions: The trail follows the dirt road. You need to share it with motorized traffic. However, the trail is passable in wet weather so it is a good one to use in winter.
General Trail Info: The trail offers nice views of McGinty Mountain to the south and Sycuan peak to the north. The trail winds through a canyon along a riparian area of the Sweetwater river through a lush oak grove. After just over 3 miles, there is a closed gate across the dirt road, but there is a passable horse gate and you can follow the trail up the 800 foot elevation to Sycuan Truck Trail.
The California Riding and Hiking Trail (CRHT) leaves Sloan Canyon and goes into Lawson Valley and on to Jamul to the south. This section of the CRHT is not currently open. The CRHT continues to the north toward Alpine. The CRHT encompasses more than 100 miles of trail from Otay Lakes to the Riverside County line and out to the Anza-Borrego desert. It was established in 1945 with the goal of creating a trail from the US-Mexico border to Oregon. However, major sections of the CRHT are not open at the moment, although San Diego County officials are working on making the trail one continuous path.