BLM’s Minnewawa Truck Trail North Access closed indefinitely

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – The Bureau of Land Management encourages recreation enthusiasts using the Minnewawa Truck Trail and Otay Mountain Wilderness to access these areas from the south end of Doghouse Junction (see map), as the northern parts Truck Trail and along Otay Lakes Road are closed to the public indefinitely.

The owners of Pio Pico Campground, in coordination with the US Border Patrol, have placed a lock on the north gate that provides access to the Minnewawa Truck Trail and Otay Mountain Wilderness area for public safety.

“There are limited turning points and only one round trip, so trail users should plan their route and exercise caution when traveling along the truck trail,” said Tim Gilloo, field manager. in Palm Springs-South Coast. “The BLM has posted signs along the road indicating that the Pio Pico campground has locked its gate. BLM law enforcement and firefighters will have access to the locked door for public safety.

The Minnewawa Truck Trail is a 3.4 mile unpaved, well-maintained fire road popular for off-road vehicle recreation and shared by trucks, ATVs, dirt bikes, ATVs and the US Border Patrol . The trail is steep and narrow with an average grade of 9-15%. The truck trail traverses the 16,883 acres managed by the BLM Otay Mountain Wilderness and is home to a diversity of unique and sensitive plants. The Minnewawa Truck Trail is a popular recreational route with several hundred visitors each weekend and regular weekday visits.

For general information about the Minnewawa Truck Trail and the Otay Mountain Wilderness, please contact the BLM Palm Springs-South Coast field office at [email protected], or call 760-833-7100, during regular business hours . For more information on the closure or access to the northern portions of the truck trail and along Otay Lakes Road, please contact Mike Scappechio, US Border Patrol, 619-216-4182, or email: [email protected]