Otay River Valley Trail

8.00 Miles
2stars (2.00)1
2point5stars (2.50)
2stars (2.00)
231 Beyer Way
Chula Vista
San Diego
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This is under Beyer Way. Exercise caution as some areas are not very safe. (Photo by Lone_Star)
One of the Ponds
There are a number of ponds like this one formed along the Otay River. (Photo by Lone_Star)
Trail Sign
Trail markers are placed sporadically along the trail. (Photo by Lone_Star)
Overview Map
This map shows how the entire valley will soon be open to the public. (Photo by Lone_Star)
Otay River Valley
Looking west down the Otay River Valley. (Photo by Lone_Star)
Otay Lakes
View of the lake from the County Park. (Photo by Lone_Star)
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Otay River Valley
By Lone_Star on 10/17/2019
Rating: 2stars Difficulty: 2point5stars Solitude: 2stars
Distance: 12.85 Miles Duration: 6 hours, 48 minutes

My wife and I decided to thru-hike the Otay River Valley, starting at Otay Lakes County Park all the way to the Palm Ave Trolley Station near I-5.  The hardest part of the hike was trying to figure out how to get started.  We ran into a lot of fenced in "No Trespassing" areas, but we talked to some Park employees and they authorized us to go into those areas since we were hiking.  We also learned that the Otay River Valley is currently being developed and will be open to the public in another year or so.  In that light, my wife and I felt lucky to be one of the first to go through.

The hike was only difficult because of the distance involved.  There are a number of informal trails on both sides of the river with many places to go from one side to the other.  Sadly, there are a number of homeless people living in tents and trees all along the river.