"No Hinty on McGinty" is in the "Found" column
By starting from the parking area I found doing the "Cool Mint Cache," this isn't nearly as bad a hike. It is very steep in places, and sometimes the footing is treacherous, but with the company of my neighbor and good friend, the hike seemed almost "easy."
The flowers are out in abundance, which makes me want to make the walk again to get many more pictures. A profusion of interesting sweetpea-like blossoms was found in one grassy spot. I wish I had gotten a better picture with more depth of field.
Several of these thistles were in peak bloom:
At the very top of McGinty, there is a huge jumble of rocks. It is no wonder this cache was a hard one to find until some spoiler pics and spoiler hints were posted. To make this hike from the starting point suggested by the cache owner and then not find the cache would really be a disappointment.
The view to the west was marred by a layer of brown smog that reduced the visibility of the off-shore islands, downtown San Diego, and Point Loma. For anyone who made this hike last Friday, when the wind was blowing and the sky was crystal clear, the views must have been astounding, as they were from Cowles Mountain that day.
I forgot to set the Trip Odometer when we started out from the top as I intended to. However, I set it at a point I thought was nearly halfway down. We logged 1.25 miles by the time we reached the car. That included a bit of back-tracking we did on a trail we found that was different from the one we took on our way up the hill. That route turned out to be a better way to access the hill. It is the one on the right between the "gravel pit" and the unbelievably-huge and expensive homes in the "Hidden Valley."