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Margarita Peak

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Margarita Peak

Margarita Peak
View of Margarita Peak looking west
Elevation 3,193 ft (973 m) NAVD 88[1]
Prominence 1,029 ft (314 m)[2]
Location San Diego County, California
Range Santa Margarita Mountains
Coordinates [1]
Topo map USGS Margarita Peak
Easiest route Trail

Margarita Peak is a prominent mountain in San Diego County. It is 9 miles (14 km) southwest of Murrieta Hot Springs and 9 miles (14 km) northwest of Fallbrook. Its 3,193-foot (973 m) summit is the 32nd most prominent peak in San Diego County. The trail to the peak is relatively little-used and not known by many people. It is considered one of San Diego's greatest hidden gems, due to the breathtaking 360-degree panorama views at the top. The main trail begins on Margarita Road after the end of Tenaja Road 13 miles (21 km) southwest of I-15 and leads to nearby Margarita Lookout. Persons attempting to reach the peak must use a steep, poorly maintained firebreak that connects to the main trail. The hike to the top is 3 miles (4.8 km) each way.


On clear days, visibility ranges from 60 to 70 miles (97 to 113 km) in every direction. To the west, the Mount Baldy, Santiago Peak, and the San Jacintos are seen. Looking east, Agua Tibia Mountain and the Palomar Mountain range are visible. On very clear days, Santa Rosa Peak and Toro Peak may also be seen. To the south, Cuyamaca Peak can be seen on a very clear day. To the south are San Miguel Mountain in San Diego County, as well as the foreground of Encinitas, San Marcos, and Escondido.


  1. ^ a b "Margarita". NGS data sheet.  
  2. ^ "Margarita Peak, California". Retrieved 2013-01-27. 

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