Middle Peak Trail

Julian, California

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Middle Peak’s north slopes used to feature the “big trees” of the Cuyamaca Mountains—centuries-old sugar pines over 100 feet tall, and plenty of black oaks, white firs, Jeffrey pines, and incense cedars. In this post–Cedar Fire era, the primary attraction is the wide-open views available at nearly every level on the slopes of the peak. The old fire roads encircling Middle Peak have been popular hiking and horseback riding routes for decades. Today, some of these old roads (specifically Milk Ranch Road and Middle Peak Fire Road) are also open to mountain biking. The specific route described here, however, starts with the Minshall and Sugar Pine trails, both of which are closed to mountain biking.
Afoot & Afield: San Diego County

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Afoot & Afield: San Diego County

by Jerry Schad (Wilderness Press)

Middle Peak’s north slopes used to feature the “big trees” of the Cuyamaca Mountains—centuries-old sugar pines over 100 feet tall, and plenty of black oaks, white firs, Jeffrey pines, and incense cedars. In this post–Cedar Fire era, the primary attraction is the wide-open views available at nearly every level on the slopes of the peak. The old fire roads encircling Middle Peak have been popular hiking and horseback riding routes for decades. Today, some of these old roads (specifically Milk Ranch Road and Middle Peak Fire Road) are also open to mountain biking. The specific route described here, however, starts with the Minshall and Sugar Pine trails, both of which are closed to mountain biking.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Julian
Distance: 5.7
Elevation Gain: 1,100 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 3 hours
Season: September through June
Local Contacts: Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
Local Maps: USGS Cuyamaca Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Middle Peak Trail

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