Azalea Glen Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in San Diego County, California. It is within Cuyamaca Rancho State Park. It is 4.0 miles long and begins at 5,116 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 436 feet. The Paso Picacho camp site is near the trailhead. There are also restroom and a ranger station. Along the trail there is an amphitheatre. The trail ends near the Azalea Spring.
Azalea Glen Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"The Azalea Glen Trail, the coolest and shadiest pre-Cedar-Fire route in the park, is showcasing some strong signs of botanical rebirth. Amid the ghost forests of closely spaced, blackened tree trunks, a bright green understory of fire-following shrub vegetation is spreading across the ground. Some of the giant canyon live oak trees are sending out new branches and leaves, and seedlings of pines and cedars are setting the stage for a modest recovery of the coniferous forest."
--Jerry Schad, Afoot & Afield: San Diego County (Wilderness Press).
"Escape to the Azalea Glen Loop Trail for some of the most peaceful hiking imaginable. It’s hard believe that such forested paradise—filled with wildlife, musical streams, Native American archeological sites, and deeply shaded fields of fern—could be so close to downtown San Diego. Treat the area with the respect it deserves to ensure this treasure can be enjoyed for generations to come. The Kwaaymii Indians obviously thought highly of the Azalea Glen area as well. Dozens of deep morteros (holes) line the trail near the start of the hike, where Kwaaymii women ground acorns."
--Sean O'Brien, Best Easy Day Hikes: San Diego (Falcon Guides).
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