Summary: This excursion is of gentle switchbacks thru canopies of old growth black oaks, sycamores, and coniferous trees. The trail is one of the most popular in Cuyamaca State Park. The most unique feature of Stonewall is there are boulders to climb, to reach the peak! Don’t worry steps have been carved out of the granite and a rail installed to aide all those whom make the summit. Great views of Anza Borrego, the Laguna Mountains and 30 plus miles to Palomar Mountains are the reward for all who make the ascent.
Trailhead: The trailhead is easily located across highway 79 from Paso Picacho campground. The trailhead sign tells families about the trail of switchbacks they are about to encounter. This is a great trail for the entire family. (Lat:32.57 Lon:-116.34)
Trail Guides for Stonewall Peak:
Afoot & Afield in San Diego County
by Jerry Schad (Wilderness Press)
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: California State Parks (760) 765 0755
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Kevin Vasquez, who has posted 7 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Dave on 10/26/2014
I don't think the elevation gain is 1700 as stated above. I saw another site that said the elevation gain is 850, which seems more accurate.
Reviewed by edw on 2/20/2014
Very lovely. Can be windy at the top, so watch your hats. Great views, trail not too hard-packed. Fairly busy, but you can easily adjust your pace to your own fitness level. We did it in 1h20m going at ta good hiking pace, not a jog.
Reviewed by CB on 1/22/2013
Hiked this on 1/20 with three kids (8,4,2) and they all rave about "climbing up the mountain". For little ones, I highly recommend a backpack carrier. A big wheeled jogger can make it, but it is super rough going and requires either two adults (carry it over large rocks) or strong arms. Ice, snow and mud made it slippery. It definitely gets cold once the sun goes down so bring pants and jackets!
Reviewed by Marianna on 1/1/2012
Two and a half up and two down...this rocks! Drink water before hiking and bring snacks when you get to the top. I bring my 6 year old and 11 year old. Fun
Reviewed by NBJ on 2/6/2011
Hiked Stonewall Peak today. I first hiked this probably 50 years ago and it still is a favorite. (You have to pay day use to park at Paso Picacho). Yes, the oaks were burned but might come back (naked now during winter). Underbrush is growing back. 2 over-60's hikers made it up and down in 2 hours from parking lot at Paso Picacho. Love the views, very busy with non-Super Bowl hikers. No drinking fountain, just the bolt.
Reviewed by Maryelizabeth on 6/30/2010
My husband and I did this hike about six months ago and then a few days ago and it was warm, sunny, and the views were breathtaking! I recommend it to everybody because it can be an easy hike or taken to the next level with taking short cuts or climbing the rock face, which I've personally done and I'm a total novice at rock climbing!
Reviewed by JA on 5/5/2010
Nice hike but 3 hours for 4.5 miles unless your slow lol i've done 8.5 mile hikes in 2.5 hours this took me about an hour. Great VIEWS :)
Reviewed by J.R. on 3/4/2010
I love this peak...like the guy said a few comments below, it's not the same after the fire...the oaks used to be so beautiful! However, this is still one of the better hikes in San Diego County. Its an easy trip with plenty of amazing views of the ravines and meadows to the southeast and the lake to the north. Busy, but that's the price it pays for being a great hike. If you feel like bagging two peaks in one day, you can get to the summit on the other side of the road by virtue of a trail starting in Paso Picacho.
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