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Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

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Address: 12551 Highway 79, Descanso, CA 92016
Phone Number: 760-765-0755
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Description: This park's beautiful pine and oak forests, meadows and streams are...
This park's beautiful pine and oak forests, meadows and streams are unusual in this part of the country.
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Stonewall Peak Hike... Breathtaking

We had read reviews about doing the Cuyamaca Peak hike but we were confused as to where to park or where to go. Maybe we should have stopped at the visitors center... We pulled... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 14, 2015
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

We had read reviews about doing the Cuyamaca Peak hike but we were confused as to where to park or where to go. Maybe we should have stopped at the visitors center... We pulled off the road at a campsite, paid $8, and started walking up the trail across the street. It was the Stonewall peak trail; 2 miles to... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Our first time. Scenery was beautiful. Dont pass up the campground entrance if you are in an RV- no place to turn around! The roads are very narrow and if you have an RV you need to have prior knowledge of specific sites that you can fit into. Park Rangers explained that the park was built for Ford model T's... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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107 reviews 107 reviews
27 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

This moderate trail is well worth a couple of hours of your time when in this area. It's a pleasant hike all the way, and the views from the top are fabulous. It is unfortunate that people disrespect the land so much that they leave their water bottles along the trail and at the peak. Be sure and visit this... More 

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Woodbury, Minnesota, United States
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36 reviews 36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Amazing day hike location with hundreds of miles of hiking - only an hour from San Diego We spend a fair bit of time in La Jolla visiting our daughter at UCSD and we just tried hiking at Cuyamaca for the first time in mid-March 2015. There has to be hundreds of miles of hiking. We tried a route up... More 

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Greenville, South Carolina
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41 reviews 41 reviews
14 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

My husband and I visited Cuyamaca Rancho State Park on February 1, 2015. The scenery getting to the park from San Diego was impressive. Once at the park we stopped at the Visitor Center and spoke to two volunteers there (Jo and Barb). They were so friendly and eager to give us information about the area, its history and wildlife.... More 

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San Diego, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

There are no hook up here but they do have a dump station. The camp is clean and we thought the rangers did a great job. Very friendly and professional. This was our second time there in our 28 ft RV and we will be back for sure.

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Savannah, Georgia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 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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46 reviews 46 reviews
9 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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47 reviews 47 reviews
23 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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