Battle Mountain – Peak #34 – A Colorful Past in Rancho Bernardo

Battle Mountain

Battle Mountain

Battle Mountain
Elevation: 803′
Miles: .42
Trailhead

Time to get to the trail has been hard to come by of late. This particular peak’s trail is short enough to be completed during a lunch break, if one worked nearby. If you’ve driven the 15 freeway in eastern San Diego, especially at night, you’ve probably noticed this peak, as it has a giant white cross on it.

I talk about the history of the cross in the video below, so I won’t restate it here, other than to say that the San Pasqual area has some interesting history attached to it and the mountain is named after a battle that took place not far from it in the 1800’s. I’ve seen people referring to a hill just to the north in San Pasqual Valley as Mule Hill, but the book San Diego County Place Names A-Z states that Battle Mountain was once called Mules Hill.

It took me a whopping 5 minutes of hiking to get to the top of this peak and 2-3 minutes to get down. This is a great hill if you need to do some repeats for conditioning and you live nearby.

The view is pretty good, especially into the San Pasqual Valley area and westward to Lake Hodges.

I searched for a geocache in the area but did not find it before I had to make my way down.

Battle Mountain Trail and Cross

Battle Mountain Trail and Cross

San Pasqual Valley from Battle Mountain

San Pasqual Valley from Battle Mountain

Lake Hodges Del Dios and Bernardo Mountains from Battle Mountain

Lake Hodges Del Dios and Bernardo Mountains from Battle Mountain

Snow on Palomar Mountain from Battle Mountain

Snow on Palomar Mountain from Battle Mountain

Battle Mountain Cross

Battle Mountain Cross

Battle Mountain Map (Click to Enlarge)

Battle Mountain Map (Click to Enlarge)

If you hike in San Diego, you've either read or should read a version of this book

Comments

  1. Allen says

    Battle Hill was never “Mule Hill”. I’ve been to Mule Hill. This is a common misconception. Mule Hill is to the north. Trails and markers accessible from Via Rancho Pkwy.

  2. says

    I completely agree with your comment and thank you for bringing this up.

    I have been doing some research, as well, and have been meaning to add a comment to this post. The erroneous information I got was from San Diego County Place Names, A To Z, by Leland Fetzer.

    The San Dieguito River Park Trail Maps correctly references Mule Hill to where I had initially thought it was, just to the northeast of Battle Hill, across the San Dieguito River Valley, where the Vineyard Estates have developed on top of it.

    Thanks again.

  3. says

    If you click on the trailhead link, you will be led to a Google Map of where it begins. Basically, exit the 15 at Pomerado Road near near Rancho Bernardo. Take it east until you come to Escala Drive (About 1 mile) and make a right. Make another quick right on Reata Way and park somewhere along the street. At the end of the cul-de-sac, you’ll find the trail leading up the hill.

    Happy Hiking,

    Derek

  4. says

    I would assume that it’s open from sunrise to sunset, as this is part of San Diego’s open spaces. Anything outside of those hours, use at your own risk and please be respectful of those living in the adjacent neighborhood.

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