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Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

12551 Highway 79, Descanso, CA 92016
760-765-0755
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Ranked #1 of 1 Attractions in Descanso
Type: State Parks, Outdoors
Owner description: This park's beautiful pine and oak forests, meadows and streams are unusual in this part of the...
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Type: State Parks, Outdoors
Owner description: This park's beautiful pine and oak forests, meadows and streams are unusual in this part of the country.
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Savannah, Georgia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

We stayed in Alpine and drove in to Cuyamaco Rancho State Park for a morning hike. We chose Stonewall Peak, which many other reviewers have also enjoyed. The trail is well maintained and has a mixture of sunny and shady spots. The elevation change is 900 feet and the trail is 2 miles each way. My husband and I found... More 

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Sacramento, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
7 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

One word: Beautiful! Unfortunately I didn't get to see a lot of the park, and that's the only reason I gave it four stars instead of five. But what I did get to experience was definitely worth the trip. I hiked the Stonewall Peak Trail and it was a gorgeous view and a moderately difficult hike. I consider myself somewhere... More 

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Chula Vista, California
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23 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

We live in San Diego and this trip was about an hours drive from home. It is far enough away yet close enough for comfort. Do not forget the key to your cargo box key, but if you do, well we had someone kind enough to drive out and bring them to us. So instead of three kids and two... More 

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Huntington Beach, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Laid back and rustic. Water in lake, boats to rent, fishing available. Drought does make a difference. Close to Julian, quaint mining town. Drive thru Laguna Mountain gives more open space and beautiful views. Hiking and camping available.

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51 reviews 51 reviews
11 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We have camped here 7 times in three years. Each Spring and Fall. Campground is nice. Bathrooms are good (for a campground). Showers are OK. Rangers do an OK job of monitoring out of control partiers...it is nice to be in the mountains without hearing loud blaring music 24/7. Rangers are responsive once you establish contact. Stonewall Peak is a... More 

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Laguna Niguel, California
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55 reviews 55 reviews
4 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Decided to go camping for first time in 15+ years; being a somewhat last minute decision, our options were very limited, and after searching SoCal campgrounds on ReserveAmerica, we ended up at Cuyamaca/Green Valley Campground by default - a bit of a drive from home, especially in Friday afternoon traffic during the recent wildfires. However, couldn't have been happier with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Been camping at Paso a Picacho for 3 years. What's nice is the campground has great scenery and hiking (the 2003 fire burned surrounding area). Most of the time, it's quiet. Sometimes you do get serious partiers. However, rangers patrol morning, afternoon and early evening. They don't hesitate to talk with unruly/loud/obtrusive campers. They will follow up on any issues... More 

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San Diego, California
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148 attraction reviews
142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

There are some great hikes in Cuyamaca but unfortunately we don't usually get to enjoy them because of California State Parks no-dogs policy. Since we rarely hike without the dogs we always end up driving past Cuyamaca and hiking in Cleveland National Forest. Maybe the state parks wouldn't be under such a budget crunch if they were more inviting. Cuyamaca... More 

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Fallbrook, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

We just got back from camping at the Green Valley campsite in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park. We didn't realize the campsite was not associated with Lake Cuyamaca (about a 15 minute drive from Green Valley but just a few miles from the other campground Pico Pichaco). It worked out just fine since the drive between the two was beautiful and... More 

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

We took a trip out to SD recently and spent an afternoon hiking up to Stonewall Peak at Cuyamaca. We parked for the day at Paso Picacho and walked across the road to the mountain...SO BEAUTIFUL! While we were driving in, I saw some smoke behind another mountain and immediately thought it was fire...my husband was skeptical at first but... More 

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