Stonewall Creek and Soapstone Grade Loop Trail

Descanso, California

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On top, you won’t see any ocean views (the main Cuyamaca massif stands tall in the west), but the foreground panorama of the park’s rolling topography is impressive enough. Patches of meadow along the stream-courses and the bald grassland areas on East Mesa and West Mesa down below change color with the seasons: green in spring, yellow in summer, brown or gray in fall, and occasionally white with fallen snow in winter. The higher slopes exhibit color changes as well—not only seasonally, but also with the passage of years following the Cedar Fire. Eventually, plant succession will probably result in a mix of dark coniferous trees and deciduous black oaks that will produce a more variegated look—especially in fall when the oaks contribute some warmer hues.

Stonewall Creek & Soapstone Grade Loop Trail Professional Review and Guide

"On top, you won’t see any ocean views (the main Cuyamaca massif stands tall in the west), but the foreground panorama of the park’s rolling topography is impressive enough. Patches of meadow along the stream-courses and the bald grassland areas on East Mesa and West Mesa down below change color with the seasons: green in spring, yellow in summer, brown or gray in fall, and occasionally white with fallen snow in winter. The higher slopes exhibit color changes as well—not only seasonally, but also with the passage of years following the Cedar Fire. Eventually, plant succession will probably result in a mix of dark coniferous trees and deciduous black oaks that will produce a more variegated look—especially in fall when the oaks contribute some warmer hues."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Descanso
Distance: 8.2
Elevation Gain: 1,050 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 4 hours
Season: September through June
Local Contacts: Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
Local Maps: USGS Cuyamaca Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Stonewall Creek & Soapstone Grade Loop Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

6/19/2009
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Great views of Stonewall peak and the valley this trail goes through. Great loop with the Soapstone Grade loop to make this a 8 mile hike. Need lots of water in June-July.



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May 2018