Cuyamaca Peak Loop is a 6.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Descanso, CA that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from May until October.
Lightly traveled and rugged ridgeback with splendid pine forest views to the west. 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!
This hike is gorgeous but not for beginners! We did the route the map shows, which is the Fire road to the peak, then Los Conejos for much of the way down and Azaleas loop back to the park entrance. Stopping to snack and take pictures at the top we took 4 hours. I definitely recommend good hiking socks because the way down is VERY rocky, even with good hiking boots my husband ended up with blisters. Don't even attempt in gym shoes unless you plan on taking the paved fire road up and back. The loop goes through a wide variety of scenery, although parts are a bit overgrown the trail is very clear.
Kicked my butt, did out and back on the fire road from 79 to the peak took 2 hr 45 min total.
This is a magical little place.
Stunning and breath taking view!!
A great walk. It took 3 hours. Up by the fire road and down though the back trail. It a great loop just a little exposed. Go to the peak it worth it
Amazing display of the different environments experienced at Cuyamaca Ranch SP. Awesome view at the top. All uphill, come prepared.
Hiked this from Cuyamaca Peak back down the fire road to the campground. Not a bad hike. Fire road is a bit blown out but scenic views are great.
Tough to find actual trail head although when you arrive at the parking area ( in the campground lot) there are several other clearly marked ( easy) trails. Beautiful hike uphill rather steep all the way to peak. Be careful about timing, the loop going back is much longer.
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The hike isn’t to thrilling, but the views from the top make it worth it. Full hike directions and trip report on my blog.
Long steady uphill climb on a paved fire road. Go on a cloudy day for some above the cloud fun. Moderate difficulty,
I did this hike by myself a while back and would only recommend if you had a map- I didn't and got lost a few times. This hike is truly beautiful and the views at the top are stunning. There is a small bench a few hundred feet from the last incline that makes for a great pre-summit rest. Plenty of plant life to observe, and gives lots of shade in some parts too. If you take the fire road up it's quicker, steeper and easier (navigation wise) but I think, less pretty. I would say take the trails up and the fire road down, or vice versa.
Cuyamaca state park is one of my favorite places, everything right now is green. This hike is relatively easy with good elevation. Scenery is so beautiful and peaceful. I will definitely do it again.