Otay Mountain Wilderness Area
The Otay Mountain Mountain Wilderness Act, passed by Congress in 1999, designated 18,500 acres of public land in San Diego County, including Otay Mountain, as part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. This unique area of San Diego County, and an additional 25,000 acres of surrounding habitats (including Otay Mesa, Otay Lakes, Cedear Creek, and Tecate Peak) have been identified as containing a high concentration of sensitive biological resources.
The most common vegitation types found on and in the vicinity of Otay Mountain are chaparral, coastal sage scrub, mixed conifer (southern interior cypress forest), and grassland. A baseline study conducted in 2002 identified the endangered, threatened, and rare species in this area.