|Mt San Miguel from Poe St in Pt Loma. The paler pyramid peak behind its left flank is Lyons Peak.|
|Catching a ride in on the green line trolley at Old Town Transit Ctr|
|Millar Ranch Rd, climbing to Millar Anita.|
Millar Ranch Rd ends at the three-way junction at the top where we turned right onto gravely dirt Millar Anita Rd through a row of ranch houses. Sneaked in some gels and water as I slowly rolled over the bumpy road before turning left at the emus and speeding down the dippy base of Miller Ranch Rd (yup, different name. The Millar Ranch Rd that we rode up to Millar Anita does continue southeast down the other side of Mt Miguel as a dirt tract that eventually hooks up with Proctor Valley Rd, connecting Jamul to the Eastlake neighborhood of Chula Vista), the forbidden paved access to the top of San Miguel Mountain.
|The gate completely blocks the road.|
|Hello 14% grade ramp with speed bump garnish. There are loads of (both of) these on the whole length of Miller Ranch Rd.|
|The mountain is less than 3000 ft tall, so the road can't keep on climbing steeply forever... can it??|
|Dude, it's gonna be something hairy on the way down this narrow twisty thing!|
About 2/3 of the way up the mountain a red dirt mountain bike/hiking trail intercept Miller Ranch Rd at a curve. It is quite a sight to see from further up the slope.
|The prettiest mountain roads in the county (well, aside from Cam del Aguilar, perhaps) in my book!|
|View of Otay Lakes from top of Mt San Miguel.|
On our way back to town Hippy split off for the trolley station as I went scouting the access paved road up to a water tower nearby (only to be foiled by locked fence). The morning was still quite young, though, so I decided to go find another route up Mt Helix instead (after all, that little rocky peak was directly on my way home).
|Alto Dr climb up Mt Helix.|
|A bunch of local kids volunteer-cleaning up trash at the Nature Theater & Yawkey Trail.|
|Second climb of Mt Helix, this time from Vivera to Mt Helix Dr.|
|Mt San Miguel from Yawkey Trailhead on Mt Helix.|
It was a good morning mountain ride! I was back home in time for a lunch as the clouds broke up and the afternoon turned out perfect beach weather. There's hardly a better place for a cyclist to be this time of year!