Mt. Helix Park is recognized
as one of San Diego County's most magnificent landmarks, where people
come for spectacular views of San Diego. Located at 1,370 feet
above sea level, it is one of the highest points within view of the
ocean. This is a nice secluded place to get some fresh air. It is an
easy drive to the top and has a small parking lot, but it gets a bit
busy at times and you may find yourself parking on the narrow street
on the way up the mountain if you show up late in the day.
Once you get up there, the Cross is a nice landmark to see. There are
also a few short dirt trails going around the summit and you can find
your own personal boulder to sit on to give you the idea that you have
the whole summit to yourself.
There's an amphitheater up there as well where you can watch theatrical productions in the summer. All in all this is still a pretty hidden gem out in East County and should not be missed if you feel like you need to escape the big city without really leaving.