East Mesa Loop Trail

Descanso, California

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Oakzanita Peak is one of only a handful of named peaks in the Cuyamaca Mountains, yet its humble appearance— at least on approach—wouldn’t inspire most hikers to climb it. Actually, the view from its rocky summit is quite impressive on a clear day, and well worth the long hike—if done during cool weather. Kids will enjoy scrambling over the rock outcrops near the top. Here and there you pass near a surviving live oak or black oak tree. In time, manzanita shrubs will again show off their smooth, reddish bark. The name “Oakzanita” was derived from the oaks and manzanita growths of the mountain slope.
Afoot & Afield: San Diego County

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Afoot & Afield: San Diego County

by Jerry Schad (Wilderness Press)

Oakzanita Peak is one of only a handful of named peaks in the Cuyamaca Mountains, yet its humble appearance— at least on approach—wouldn’t inspire most hikers to climb it. Actually, the view from its rocky summit is quite impressive on a clear day, and well worth the long hike—if done during cool weather. Kids will enjoy scrambling over the rock outcrops near the top. Here and there you pass near a surviving live oak or black oak tree. In time, manzanita shrubs will again show off their smooth, reddish bark. The name “Oakzanita” was derived from the oaks and manzanita growths of the mountain slope.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Descanso
Distance: 10.5
Elevation Gain: 1,300 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 5.5 hours
Season: October through May
Local Contacts: Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
Local Maps: USGS Cuyamaca Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to East Mesa Loop Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

5/18/2009
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Favorite trail in park (spring). Had an unbelievable day, everything was just right. Did it in opposite direction than the guide. Rewarded with nice meadows once you reach the top, and a gentle grade all the way down. Took 6 hours strolling along. Nobody on the trail all day except, birds, 3 snakes(2 in water, 1 in tree), cows, wild turkeys, 30+ deer, rabits, squirrels, nice breeze, plenty of sunshine and wildflowers. Catch this trail in the spring, when it dries out the catails would probably drive you mad. Do the peaks in the fall.



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