Cuyamaca Peak Trail

Descanso, California

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Cuyamaca Peak, San Diego County’s second highest summit, lies only a few miles from the county’s geographical center. Its strategic position and height make it the best land-based vantage for studying the county’s topography. The view from ground level on the peak is somewhat less than a continuous 360degree panorama due to the presence of some antenna structures and a few trees, but you can still look in every direction by simply moving around a bit.

Cuyamaca Peak Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Cuyamaca Peak, San Diego County’s second highest summit, lies only a few miles from the county’s geographical center. Its strategic position and height make it the best land-based vantage for studying the county’s topography. The view from ground level on the peak is somewhat less than a continuous 360degree panorama due to the presence of some antenna structures and a few trees, but you can still look in every direction by simply moving around a bit."

Activity Type: Hiking, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Descanso
Distance: 5.6
Elevation Gain: 1,700 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 3 hours
Season: September through June
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
Local Maps: USGS Cuyamaca Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Cuyamaca Peak Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

9/22/2012
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Great hike and awesome view. Fully paved and 05. mile markers along the way.


5/9/2008
1

I was a little bit surprised to find the main trail up Mount Cuyamaca is entirely paved... not exactly what I'm looking for in a hike. However, you can easily make an enjoyable 8 mile loop from the campsite parking lot by exiting the paved trail onto Azela Glenn fire road (unpaved), bearing right on Azelea Springs fire road, then bearing left onto Conejos trail. Conejos intersects the paved trail about 300 feet vertically from the summit. After summiting you can take the paved road about 2.5 miles or so down to the campsite and parking lot. Although the paved road is a little bit tough on the knees as you drop 1700 feet to the parking lot, you'll go through a lot of neat ghost forest and have plenty of views. Although many of the trees didn't make it through the fires, the area is still brimming with life. I saw an abundance of hawks, wood peckers, deer, and a large wild turkey with babies. Best part of the hike is definately the summit (isn't it always?). On a clear day I'm pretty sure you could see to the Ocean and beyond. Overall it was a very nice hike and I plan on doing it again.



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