Kwaay Paay Peak Trail

Santee, California

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Flanked by steep walls on all sides but one, Kwaay Paay Peak’s platform-like top stands quite aloof from all else around it. The summit offers a unique vantage for tracing the lower San Diego River’s course. To the east, you’ll see the river’s willow-lined flood plain, which cuts through the flat carpet of houses and shopping centers that increasingly fill the City of Santee. In the west and southwest, you’ll see how the river’s mighty flow (in Pleistocene and earlier times, at least) carved the granite walls of Mission Gorge.

Kwaay Paay Peak Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Flanked by steep walls on all sides but one, Kwaay Paay Peak’s platform-like top stands quite aloof from all else around it. The summit offers a unique vantage for tracing the lower San Diego River’s course. To the east, you’ll see the river’s willow-lined flood plain, which cuts through the flat carpet of houses and shopping centers that increasingly fill the City of Santee. In the west and southwest, you’ll see how the river’s mighty flow (in Pleistocene and earlier times, at least) carved the granite walls of Mission Gorge."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Santee
Distance: 2.5
Elevation Gain: 900 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: November through May
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Mission Trails Regional Park
Local Maps: USGS La Mesa
Driving Directions: Directions to Kwaay Paay Peak Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

6/14/2010
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This was a fun and at time challenging trail. There is some stretches that are long and steep. Great views at the top! A great alternate to Cowels for those that dont want so much foot traffic. Starting at the Visitor's Center is a great way to add to the 2.5 trek.



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May 2018