Adventures in San Diego: Tecate Peak & Tacos
What’s the best part about living in San Diego? Besides the beaches and the weather, it’s conveniently located next to a foreign country. And if you are like me and get the itch to travel often, then living next to a foreign country comes in handy.
Most of you have probably heard of MeetUp.com. My roommate is part of a hiking group on the site, so I tagged along with her for a trek up Tecate Peak. Tecate Peak slopes within California but bumps up right against the border. From the top you can see most of San diego County, stretches of northern Baja California and the view of the border towns of Tecate California and Tecate Mexico.
You have to know what to look for when looking for the road that leads to the trail. And actually, it’s not much of a trail, you end up hiking up a dirt road the whole way up the mountain. Border patrol goes up and down the mountain regularly given that it is literally right next to the border wall. Depending on where you start it can be a 13 mile hike or a 10 mile hike… we did the 13 miles… my feet are not happy about it.
But the view was amazing and well worth the climb up the dirt road. Afterwards you can park in a lot by the Tecate border crossing and walk over into Mexico for tacos (don’t forget your passport). I mean come on, what better way to celebrate hiking 13 miles than to eat tacos and drink a Mexican Coke… cheers to real sugar! Tecate is a cute town with plenty of food options and a little town square that always has some type of market going on. It’s also home of the Tecate Brewery for those of you familiar with the beer.
If for some reason you ever make it to Tecate please go to “El Mejor Pan de Tecate“, it’s the most amazing bakery ever. I’ve never seen anything like it. I circled at least four times before I could decide on what I wanted to try. Seriously a must visit. My roommate and I are strongly considering driving the hour drive from Ocean Beach just to get more baked goods. Yes… it was that good.
I’ve got to say this little San Diego adventure was one of the best ones yet. It’s pretty awesome to hike to a top of a mountain in the morning, go into a different country for lunch, and be back home by the beach by afternoon and with plenty of time to catch the sunset. Best Day Ever.
If you are interested in learning more about hiking Tecate Peak you can read more info about it and how to find it here and here. But if not, a trip to Tecate can be fun too! Just remember to bring your passport and an empty stomach! 🙂