Hike: .25 miles Level: Level: Moderate Elevation: 784 ft.
Dog-Friendly: Yes Kid-Friendly: Yes
Battle Mountain got its name from the Battle of San Pasqual that took place in 1846 at a hill nearby called Mule Hill. Mule Hill/Starvation Mountain revived its name after the battle when the soldiers ran out of food and had to kill some of the mules in order to eat.
In 1966, a group of local churchgoers put the cross on the mountain. In the 80's the cross fell down and was replaced by a man named Jack Templeton who built it in his backyard. He lived below the trailhead and would frequent the hill regularly. The cross was actually funded by a Jack in the Box nearby.
I grew up near Rancho Bernardo and yet never once hiked to this peak when I lived there. After finally doing it, I'm really disappointed that I wasn't hanging out up there all the time! It has a great view, it's a quick (but strenuous) hike to the top and is very quiet and isolated.