Valley of the Moon
48523-48549 Old Hwy 80
Jacumba Hot Springs, CA 91934
Trailhead: 32.639876, -116.107131
Valley of the Moon: 32.626024, -116.075651
Note: Unless you have 4-wheel drive, you will have to hike into the Valley of the Moon which is a couple miles up hill. Hike in cooler weather, wear good shoes and pace yourself and you should be fine.
Dog Friendly: Yes, but be mindful of weather as it gets HOT out here in the summer Kid-Friendly: Yes, but this area can be potentially dangerous as it is vast. Keep your kids close to you at all times
Miles: This can be as little or as many miles as you choose as it’ all self-exploratory and not one trail Level: Easy to Hard depending on how you exert yourself
When most think of a boulderer’s paradise in So-Cal, places like Bishop, Mt. Baldy and Joshua Tree probably come to mind. Many don’t realize that on the outskirts of Jacumba is San Diego’s very own rock-climbing mecca.
Valley of the Moon is a mysterious place. There are wind caves and potential secrets filling every corner. Marveling at its majestic beauty can mask the tougher undertones associated with this place though. Afterall, this area is a hotspot for smuggling, both humans and drugs, so please keep that in mind when you decide whether or not this is a place you want to visit.
The first time I visited this area it was to explore a spot which is now part of our members section. I was blown away with the rock wonderland we had stumbled upon. This is the type of place you could explore your entire life it feels and still find new secrets. I wonder how many undiscovered cave systems are yet to be explored?
The valley in which we see today took hundreds of millions years to be created. The intricate rock formations were created from this area once being underwater and later etched out by high winds that rip through the valley. Use GPS tracking so you know how to get back to where you came from.
This is what separates the San Diego and Mexican border: a broken, barb-wired fence
Thank you to our lovely guide, Charles Jellison, who has his own adventure site Explore San Diego: