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Lake Cuyamaca

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Address: 15027 Highway 79, Julian, CA 92036
Phone Number: 760 765 0515
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Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No
Description: Situated at an elevation of 4,600 feet, this small 110-acre lake is...
Situated at an elevation of 4,600 feet, this small 110-acre lake is surrounded by Cuyamaca Rancho State Park that is mostly wilderness.
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We took a walk around the lake just to enjoy the nature and scenery. There is a sign warning that rattlesnakes are in the area, also a mountain lion. I saw two snakes on the ride... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 11, 2015
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

We took a walk around the lake just to enjoy the nature and scenery. There is a sign warning that rattlesnakes are in the area, also a mountain lion. I saw two snakes on the ride there, but none while walking. We did see two bald eagles. It was peaceful and pretty, but I wouldn't say it is the prettiest... More 

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Escondido, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

I had lunch here on the way home from a stay at "Den Elske Hytte" in Julian, chili was to die for, with a great BTL, & tea, on the veranda that over looks the lake; all after a walk, to the far end of the lake, & some bird watching...

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Yorba Linda, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Walked along the edge of this lake while on a weekend getaway to Julian. It was a peaceful and enjoyable area. It is good to bring water, just in case it gets warm. The trail was easy to follow, flat and very comfortable.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 via mobile

Great place to fish and hike , boat rentals are a bargain ! Hiking trails are nice and great view, would love to go back very soon ,weather is nice

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

I've been there a few times, with both friends and family, and I can say its perfect for both. You have to pay around 5 dollars for parking your car, but its for the whole day, and you wont get charged for anything else, unless you feel like renting either fishing gear or boats. The attention is always perfect and... More 

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Harrison, Maine
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

I'm only going to rate the lake. Lakes are a big deal in San Diego county as there aren't many. In that regard Cuyamaca is nice. However I live in Maine where you can find lakes everywhere, sorry it just doesn't compare with the lakes here.

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Karlstad, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Wery nice place! Nice surroundings and a nice restaurant. Had a good nights sleep in my rented Angler's Retreat. Well worth the money. Nice and helpful staff.

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Vista, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Camping spots are pretty sad looking. The bathrooms are Port a potty's (no thank you). I might go fishing for the day down there but not a overnighter.

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Julian, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Great little cafe under new management. Food is dinner quality with wine and beer. Nice patio overlooking the lake. Clean and great friendly service.

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San Diego
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Hi, The more and more I go here I am loving this place. Its proximity to historic town Julian gives an added advantage for a day trip and a picnic. The place in summer isn't very attractive just to hang around. But clubbing this with Julian will make it a good trip. In my previous review I missed out mentioning... More 

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