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“Escape the City Rush in San Diego County”
Review of Cuyamaca Mountains

Cuyamaca Mountains
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$179.00*
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Small Group Mountain and Desert Tour from San Diego
Ranked #9 of 38 things to do in Julian
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Owner description: Scenic mountain range east of San Diego.
San Marcos, California
Level 5 Contributor
48 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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“Escape the City Rush in San Diego County”
Reviewed May 30, 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 on a clear day and could see the surrounding 360 degree views of Borrego Springs, Mt Laguna, Mexico, Mt Jacinto in the distance. Flowers were in bloom along the groomed switchback trail and we posted pictures on Facebook. On the weekends, I would imagine there are many more people with children so if you want to experience the peace and tranquility of the mountain, visit this spot during the week. It's well worth the visit!

Visited May 2013
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San Diego, California
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121 reviews
52 attraction reviews
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“Despite the fire, still a nice place”
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.

Visited May 2013
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San Diego, California
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244 reviews
82 attraction reviews
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“A Retreat”
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

Visited October 2012
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Yuma, Arizona
Level 5 Contributor
69 reviews
27 attraction reviews
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“Great place to hike”
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 little kid. Wonderful place to make family memories. Also if you camp at Green Valley falls they have showers and flushable toilets. A shower cost you 50 cents for great hot water!

Visited May 2012
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Julian
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“good year around for hiking and sitting”
Reviewed December 28, 2012

The Cuyamaca Peaks and surrounding State Park provide many miles of trails and a couple of very well kept campgrounds. The park is aprt of the State Park system and is quite popular, so, make reservations early if you plan to camp. Next to the park is a small lake that provides boats and equipment for fishing, and, is regularly stocked with good sized trout.

Visited December 2012
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