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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

PLEASE NOTE: For information on public use regulations for this area and other Department lands please refer to the link opens in new windowCDFW Public Lands Regulations booklet. Scroll to the Table of Contents. Locate the page number for general regulations for public uses on all Department lands. For additional regulations that apply only to certain properties, check the Table of Contents for sections that refer to additional or property-specific regulations for wildlife areas or ecological reserves. All visitors are responsible for knowing and following the general and property-specific regulations.

Last update : 10/31/2018 9:35:08 AM

Wildlife Branch - Lands Program
1812 9th Street, Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 445-0411

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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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