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“Stonewall Peak Hike - Cuyamaca State Park”

Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Descanso
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Owner description: This park's beautiful pine and oak forests, meadows and streams are unusual in this part of the country.
Reviewed September 30, 2011

4 miles roundtrip
Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging
Elevation Gain: 900 ft
360 degree view from the top!

We did this hike last weekend with another couple and their 10 year old son. 2 miles each way (4 total). The trail was very well maintained, there was even a volunteer working to cut the brush back while we were there. We thanked him for his efforts!

One of the striking things you will notice is all of the burned trees from the Cedar Fire a few years back. Oddly enough, the burned trees provide a ghostly if not stark contrast to all of the brilliant new growth. We saw butterflies, ravens, turkey vultures and lizards. The sign at the start of the hike warns not to hike alone because of mountain lions. Thankfully, didn't see one of those!

The view from the top was beautiful. Definitely worth the climb. We could see all the way out to the Salton Sea to the east and plenty of mountains to the west. It was a bit hazy so not sure if an ocean view is possible on a clear day.

I am an avid hiker of San Diego mountains and I put this hike right up there on my list. What is different about this hike is that from the top you are looking down on the park and miles and miles of natural landscape as opposed to many San Diego Mountain hikes where you reach the top only to peer down on civilization.

From the top we watched ravens catch thermals which was very entertaining!

I say if you like to hike.....Just do it! You won't be sorry. Bring plenty of water and sunscreen. Pay parking and bathrooms located in the Paso Picacho campground.

Link to trail map: http://www.chris.ca.gov/pages/23997/files/cuyamaca.pdf

3  Thank sulphursister
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Reviewed September 12, 2011

Decided to go camping with our 8 year old...this was our first camping trip. We booked through reserve America and went the 3rd weekend of August and stayed at the Paso Picacho campground. Since we have been up to Lake Cuyamaca before for day trips, we decided that this would be a good place to camp. So glad that we went. The campground was very clean and had flushable toilets and showers that were very well maintained. Upon arrival we were greeted by a very friendly Ranger who answered all of our questions. We bought our firewood and proceeded to our campsite. The site was very clean and very well maintained. We shared a water spout with our neighbors, had our own picnic table and fire pit. There were a few hiking trails that were easy and great for first timers. Although we did not go to the Green Valley Campground which is beside Paso Picacho, I would definitely recommend it for the cascading waterfalls during the hot summer months. Even though the campground was full on this weekend, it was still very peaceful and quiet at night. Would definitely recommend this campground for families.

5  Thank Zin63
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Reviewed June 29, 2011

The State Park by Lake Cuyamaca is one of my personal favorites in Southern California. Although the area was charred by a wildfire within the last decade, the regrowth of the environment has progressed rapidly, even with the lack of thick forestry. Nothing beats the camping and hiking within the state park. See more here: http://campca.blogspot.com/2011/06/green-valley-campground-lake-cuyamaca.html

3  Thank kbombe
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Reviewed November 2, 2006

My friends and I bike ride in Cyamaca every Saturday morning. There aren't amazing views, but it's got great dirt trails perfect for running and biking.

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