Battle Mountain - Peak #34 - A Colorful Past in Rancho Bernardo
Battle Mountain Elevation: 803′ Miles: .42 Trailhead
Time to get to the trail has been hard to come by of late. This particular peak's trail is short enough to be completed during a lunch break, if one worked nearby. If you've driven the 15 freeway in eastern San Diego, especially at night, you've probably noticed this peak, as it has a giant white cross on it.
I talk about the history of the cross in the video below, so I won't restate it here, other than to say that the San Pasqual area has some interesting history attached to it and the mountain is named after a battle that took place not far from it in the 1800's. I've seen people referring to a hill just to the north in San Pasqual Valley as Mule Hill, but the book San Diego County Place Names A-Z states that Battle Mountain was once called Mule Hill.
It took me a whopping 5 minutes of hiking to get to the top of this peak and 2-3 minutes to get down. This is a great hill if you need to do some repeats for conditioning and you live nearby.
The view is pretty good, especially into the San Pasqual Valley area and westward to Lake Hodges.
I searched for a geocache in the area but did not find it before I had to make my way down.