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Cuyamaca Peak Loop

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Lightly traveled, rugged ridgeback with splended pine forest views to the west
Near:Descanso, CA
Distance:6.7 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:1650 ft
Hike Time:4 hours
Trail Condition:OK, but a few difficult spots

Summary: This excursion to the top of the Cuyamaca Peek has many trails from which to choose. Ours trail begins on the south Azalea Glen Loop. This 1.5 mile ascent is one of the most beautiful dense forest hikes in the park. We took the Loop Trail to the Azalea Glen Road to the Azalea Fire Road finally meeting up with the Conejos Trail.
The Conejos, a lightly hiked 2.5 mile trail, follows the ridgeback of the Cuyamaca it is a bit of smorgasbord. It begins by meandering around fallen oak trees then quickly morphs to a granite rock trail. Finally it becomes a wall trail hugging a steep drop! The views this hike affords are fantastic, both to the East Mountains and west low lying valleys.
Finally, the trail merges with the paved fire road 0.5 from the top of Cuyamaca Peak. Be sure to bring some binoculars, on a clear day the views from the second highest peak in San Diego County are spectacular!

Trailhead: We chose to begin our hike on the south Azalea Glen loop Trail. This loop trail is one of the most beautiful dense forest hikes in the park. To find the trailhead from the day use parking lot, walk 100 yards southwest toward the camping grounds. Proceed due west approx .75 miles to join the Azalea Spring Fire Road. Follow to the gravel fire road north about 0.75 miles to the Conejos Trail junction. The Conejos ends with the mergence of the paved Lookout Fire Trail. For our return we followed the paved road back to the West Side trail, then went back north to the Azalea Springs Trail and finally down to the parking lot. There are a great many ways to return depending your time allotment and energy levels.

(Lat:32.07 Lon:-116.35)

Trail Guides for Cuyamaca Peak Loop:
Afoot & Afield in San Diego County
by Jerry Schad (Wilderness Press)

Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: California State Park (760) 765 0755
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Kevin Vasquez, who has posted  7 other hikes on this site
Trail Reviews  Page 2 of 2   Submit your own review
Reviewed by Rob on 7/1/2007
June 2007 we hiked area three Saturdays -- great time. Trailhead parking in Day Use area of Paso Picacho State Campground on W side of Hwy 79, 2 miles S of Lake Cuyamaca. Parking $6, fold-out trail maps $1 (free at Restrooms at trailhead. Many trails are clogged with 6’ weed that took over after Cedar Fire 2003. State Park work crews labor to cut back weeds to keep trails passable. Stonewall Peak on E side of Hwy 79, across from Day Use parking area. Dozens of switchbacks to Stonewall Peak Summit. Busy trail. Lookout Fireroad paved, runs from campground fire station to Cuyamaca Peak -- definitive landmark. Trail names confusing: Azalea Glen Trail (Loop), Azalea Glen Road, Azalea Springs Fire Road (Trail).

Reviewed by Viewer on 2/27/2007
Nice scenery at this time: summer at the bottom, spring with mud and puddles in the middle, and winter at the top with everything white being completely covered with snow.

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