Tecate Peak

The road to Tecate Peak starts a mere 1500 feet from the border. The road follows the wall for a bit before beginning its steep ascent to the summit.

The road was tougher than the road up to Otay Mountain, so I was glad I spent so much of my youth riding motorcycles along the dirt roads of the Sierras. Along the way, I passed two groups of hikers descending.

As I neared the summit, I found a nice spot to park and get some dirt under my feet. The view was equally spectacular. Far to the north, I could spy San Gorgonio’s snow-capped summit. So many other peaks I have had summited also filled my view.

There isn’t a marker here that I could spot, but there is a metal post in concrete. I headed back down the road, never spotting another car. Looking forward to attempting the Sombreros later this week. If you choose to hike this peak, the round-trip distance is about 10 miles and completely exposed.


I am an avid peak bagger, sometimes backpacker, and former sea-kayaker living in San Diego. In 2019, I became the third person to complete the San Diego 100 Peak Challenge. Not stopping with that accomplishment, I set my sights on the harder San Diego Sierra Club 100 Peak list, which I completed in 2021. In addition, I have conquered several Six-Pack of Peaks challenges (SoCal, San Diego, and Arizona-Winter). Beyond attempting the San Diego Sierra Club 100 Peak list a second time, I am looking forward to exploring new summits and new adventures across the southwest. 

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