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Cuyamaca Mountains

Address: Julian, CA
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Ranked #6 of 32 things to do in Julian
Type: Mountains, Nature & Parks
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: Scenic mountain range east of San Diego.
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Type: Mountains, Nature & Parks
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: Scenic mountain range east of San Diego.
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Orange County, California
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101 reviews 101 reviews
40 attraction reviews
397 helpful votes 397 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Such a beautiful area, and relaxing drive when trying to escape the stresses of work/life/cities etc. We loved the clear mountain air, and interesting features to explore. You can even camp near the lake in cabins, and the views on the hills are gorgeous! We will be back.

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Freeland, Washington
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168 reviews 168 reviews
30 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Gorgeous rolling hills out near Lake Cuyumaca, with views toward the mountains, and wildlife like deer, woodpeckers, and a ranging bobcat were exciting to see.

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Yorba Linda, California
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122 reviews 122 reviews
39 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

This is a nice area for a roadside stop and hike up the hills along the creek and toward the spring. It is very scenic and we hike it during the drought. It was a fun place and not too busy, giving the serenity of nature. The trail starts along I-79, so there is some traffic noise until you climb... More 

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Wuppertal, Germany
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120 reviews 120 reviews
98 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

I went there on a cloudy day in December 2013. It was still warm. I did a hike to the top of Cuyamaca Peak (I think it was this one, not really sure) for like 3 hours since I often stopped and took pictures of that beautiful landscape and the great nature. When you leave the trail and continue going... More 

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San Diego
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106 reviews 106 reviews
28 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

There are a lot of different hiking trails to choose from for everyone from kids to hardcore trekkers. Check out the Cuyamaca Rancho State Park HQ for maps and info. Make sure you know what poison oak looks like so you can avoid contact with it.

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Warner Springs, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

This is a beautiful place to visit in Southern California. It is a real change from the beach and surf scene. Be prepared for winding roads. It is after all -- Mountains!

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San Marcos, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
9 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

We finally made it to Stonewall Peak Trail in Cuyamaca State Park on the Tuesday after Memorial Day after the crowds dissipated and we LOVED the natural beauty surrounding us. We saw the obvious fire damage that occurred in 2003 throughout the park but loved seeing the hope of new growth everywhere! We made it to the top of Stonewall... More 

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San Diego, California
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85 reviews 85 reviews
37 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

Over ten years ago, this beautiful area was ravished by wildfires. It is starting to come back now though with lots of new growth. The hike up Stonewall Peak is breath taking. Still a nice repose from the busy San Diego County lifestyle.

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San Diego, California
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98 reviews 98 reviews
33 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

We have visited Cuyamaca hundereds of times, over many, many years. A true retreat, a great getaway, we always feel at home when visiting. We have hiked every trail, several many times. Always a memorable time for us. Although the devastating fire's effects remain, Cuyamaca's beauty remains. Be sure to hit the trails, and leave only footprints

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Yuma, Arizona
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69 reviews 69 reviews
27 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

There are a lot of hiking trails as well as places to camp. They did have a fire some years back so there is a lot of dead burnt trees. Vegitaion has grown back nicely, but they need to take time to take out all the dead and burnt trees. We have been camping up there since i was a... More 

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