Middle Peak Loop Fire Road

Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, California

Elevation Gain2,896ft
Trailhead Elevation4,954ft
Elevation Min/Max4736/5706ft
Elevation Start/End4954/4954ft

Middle Peak Loop Fire Road

Middle Peak Loop Fire Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in San Diego County, California. It is within Cuyamaca Rancho State Park and Cuyamaca Mountain State Wilderness. It is 5.2 miles long and begins at 4,954 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 10.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,896 feet. This trail connects with the following: Sugar Pine Trail and Milk Ranch Road.

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Afoot & Afield: San Diego County (Wilderness Press)
Jerry Schad
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"Middle Peak’s north slopes used to feature the “big trees” of the Cuyamaca Mountains—centuries-old sugar pines over 100 feet tall, and plenty of black oaks, white firs, Jeffrey pines, and incense cedars. In this post–Cedar Fire era, the primary attraction is the wide-open views available at nearly every level on the slopes of the peak. The old fire roads encircling Middle Peak have been popular hiking and horseback riding routes for decades. Today, some of these old roads (specifically Milk Ranch Road and Middle Peak Fire Road) are also open to mountain biking. The specific route described here, however, starts with the Minshall and Sugar Pine trails, both of which are closed to mountain biking."

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Trail Information

Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
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Cuyamaca Mountain State Wilderness
Moderate to Difficult
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Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
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USGS Cuyamaca Peak
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