Oakzanita Peak Trail

Descanso, California

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If water is an element essential to your hiking pleasure, you won’t want to miss this hike. Along Juaquapin Creek, you can sit in the shade and listen to the most peaceful of sounds—the gentle flow of water over stones. The East Mesa area is excellent for spotting mule deer and coyotes, which are gradually returning to this area as the vegetation recovers from the 2003 fire. Station yourself on one of the knolls above Dyar Spring, enjoy a picnic snack, and watch the parade of wildlife below.
Afoot & Afield: San Diego County

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Afoot & Afield: San Diego County

by Jerry Schad (Wilderness Press)

If water is an element essential to your hiking pleasure, you won’t want to miss this hike. Along Juaquapin Creek, you can sit in the shade and listen to the most peaceful of sounds—the gentle flow of water over stones. The East Mesa area is excellent for spotting mule deer and coyotes, which are gradually returning to this area as the vegetation recovers from the 2003 fire. Station yourself on one of the knolls above Dyar Spring, enjoy a picnic snack, and watch the parade of wildlife below.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Descanso
Distance: 4.6
Elevation Gain: 1,200 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 hours
Season: October through May
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
Local Maps: USGS Cuyamaca Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Oakzanita Peak Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

10/30/2009
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Great weather - could see forever with great vistas


10/3/2009
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This was a really nice trail with a lot of variety. The weather was perfect (high 70's, slight breeze, not a cloud in the sky). The view from the top make this trail a must do for San Diego. It had everything from oak groves, meadows, switchbacks and some fun boulders to climb and take photos from. The boulders at the top make a perfect lunch spot. We will definitely do this hike again, and try some of the other nearby trails.


1/1/2009
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Oakzanita peak is a wonderful peaklet in the Cuyamacas. It is boulder studded so the top makes a great lunch spot with wonderful views. For a much more challenging hike, try starting from the Pioneer Mail parking area on Mt. Laguna and either set up a car shuttle or hike an 18 mile (but moderate as far as elevation gain and loss goes) day.



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