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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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Nice Park with great views

Hiked Stonewall peak trail...Very nice landscape with a superb view from the top. Lake cuyamaca is visible from most part of the trail. There are campsites and other trails in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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Gardena, California, Usa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

BOOK IN ADVANCE, I cannot stress this enough. My original plans were to book at Lake Cuyamaca but it was sold out. I had to book at the next state park. 3 hour drive from San Gabriel Valley. Very serene and peaceful drive. Check in is at 2:00 pm and check out 12:00 pm. We arrived at 1:30 pm on... More 

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Hiked Stonewall peak trail...Very nice landscape with a superb view from the top. Lake cuyamaca is visible from most part of the trail. There are campsites and other trails in this park.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Well overall the trip was awesome with great trails. The arroyo seco fire road was great but the monument trail was steep and rocky. The camp site on has water but they do have a dump station. The stall are very small(10x10) and you need your own water bucket and feed bucket. The showers were only hot for 1 day... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015 via mobile

Visited Cuyamaca Rancho State Park to hike Cuyamaca Peak. The ranger was very friendly and gave us directions. The hike was great we were the only ones on the trail. The park is a little hard to figure out with the two different campgrounds, but the sites were beautiful and we would def visit again.

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Tempe
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

Just loved parking, grabbing MTB, and zipping around single-track or up the foot hills, as well out on the Fire Roads. Saw Coyotes, Turkeys, Deer, Birds galore...

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

My family and I spent the holiday weekend at Paso Picacho campground. We had thought we made a reservation at Green Valley Falls having stayed there before. Oooops. Upon our arrival we were redirected to Paso Picacho. The campground is nice and clean. Some spots are on a slight hill and can be small and so be sure to check... More 

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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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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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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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