East Side / Juaquapin trail

Descanso, California 91916

East Side / Juaquapin trail

East Side / Juaquapin trail Professional Review and Guide

"When it comes to diversity, it would be hard to find another hike in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park that shows it better than the East Side/Juaquapin Trail. In the 4.7-mile course of this strenuous hike, you’ll walk along riparian streambeds, through deep pine forests, oak forests, and meadows, and past chaparral. Make sure to carry enough water—this trail is long and climbs for nearly 1.5 miles. It’s also immensely rewarding and scenic. You’ll start alongside the gently flowing Sweetwater River before turning abruptly into a forested canyon. As you near the top of this long climb, you’ll feel as if you’ve left civilization far behind."

East Side / Juaquapin trail Reviews

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This trail was just a bunch of dead fallen trees. The highlight of the trail was crossing the little creek were there were a couple of living tree's and the plants were actually green and not tan. The trail is not very diverse either like the description says. I was extremely disappointed and would rate this a 2 out of 10.
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Plentiful trails within the area, but watch out for the horses! Will travel through all different landscapes that the Cuyameca area has to offer....vast meadows, forest and streams. Due to the various surrounding trails you can make it a 3 mi.-7mi. hike. It is a lot of fun for a moderate hike, just bring alot of water.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
560 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Day hike
Late spring
Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
Local Contacts
USGS Cuyamaca Peak
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Oct 2018