Harvey Moore Trail is a 9.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Descanso, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, birding, and horses and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.
Harvey Moore Trail was named for Cuyamaca Rancho State Park's first Park Ranger. The trail covers a wide range of terrain in CSRP's East Mesa area. HMT is about 8 miles long, and gains about 1000 feet from the trailhead at Sweetwater Bridge. The Harvey Moore Trail varies from near fire road, to twisty, steep switchbacks. You'll find montane oak/pine forest and chaparral ecosystems. Near the north end there is a nice string of cascading pools in wet months.
Relatively easy trail for an experienced hiker. Pretty and the trailhead was easy to find with plenty of parking.
Great hike but be prepared for horses and mules. Awesome scenery.
We started at the Green Valley Falls campground just South of the Sweetwater trailhead because we were staying overnight at the Granite Springs trail camp. You cannot park overnight at the trailhead parking lot unless you have a horse trailer. I thought it was gonna be super hot, but we were lucky to have some may grey-like clouds and rain. I would consider this to be a moderately difficult hike because a 9 and 12 year old were able to complete it with just a moderate level of complaining. We ended up making a loop out of it by going back via the East Mesa fire road. it was a total of about 11 miles, 5.8 in and 5 out. I wouldnt recommend it for a first time trip for kids due to the length, mine got bored and tired and they probably wont want to take and more backpacking trips with me. The Palm Canyon Oasis would be way better, because its shorter and depending on what time of the year it is, there is water flowing through your camp. I gave this hike 4 stars because I can see potential in it if we did it during spring, the trail is well defined, there are plenty of signs on the trail and detailed maps are available at the green valley falls ranger station for about 3 bucks.
I LOVED this trail!! It is one of the only trails in the San Diego area where you can actually feel like you are away from cities and highways. It is actually about 12 miles round trip but totally worth it. You get to hike thought gorgeous meadows on the top of mountains, through forests and through the typical San Diego desert shrub. This trail has it all... Oh and wild turkeys :)
Harvey Moore is an 8.1-mile point to point trail. It'll require a decent chunk of the day, as the end point is in the middle of a meadow about 1.7 miles still from the trailhead. The Dyar Springs and East Side Trails will take you back to the trailhead at Sweetwater Bridge.
This is a good long trail in Cuyamaca with about a thousand feet gain over about 3 miles. Wildlife abounds, if you're quiet and attentive; deer, (non-native) wild turkeys, foxes, coyotes, bobcats, and a variety of raptors and other birds are there to see. In spring a variety of wildflowers over the length of the trip should be interesting.