Sycuan Peak

San Diego County, California

Elevation Gain854ft
Trailhead Elevation2,027ft
Elevation Min/Max2027/2810ft
Elevation Start/End2027/2027ft

Sycuan Peak

Sycuan Peak is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in San Diego County, California. It is a mile long and begins at 2,027 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 854 feet. The trail ends near Sycuan Peak (elevation 2,756 feet).

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Afoot & Afield: San Diego County (Wilderness Press)
Jerry Schad
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"Sycuan Peak, midway between Alpine and Jamul, rises 2801 feet above sea level and overlooks miles of thinly populated valleys and hills. As part of a countywide effort to preserve native sage-scrub and chaparral habitats, much of the mountain’s higher slopes are being managed as a California Department of Fish and Game ecological reserve. Hikers are welcome to try the single trail—an old roadbed—that darts up Sycuan’s south slope. The low-growing chaparral vegetation allows unobstructed views that get more panoramic as you ascend. At one spot, the old roadbed become severely eroded, but you can bypass that nasty section on the right side. Nearing Sycuan’s summit, the ineffably fragrant scent of Cleveland sage suffuses the air."

Sycuan Peak Trip Reports

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This is a nice short hike, taking about as long to complete (if you don't stop) as it does to drive there and back from the city.

There are decent views and the geocaching is OK if that is your thing and you like to trade stuff.

For a higher/longer challenge in the area I would suggest Lawson Peak and/or Gaskill Peak, but this one is good if you are short on time or gradually training up.

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Trail Information

San Diego County
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California Department of Fish and Game
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USGS Dulzura, Alpine
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