Middle Peak Loop Trail is a 6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Descanso, CA that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding.
Parking is available on California Highway 79, across from the trail head.
Only 3 stars in my book for these reasons.
- mostly fire road with two single track trails along the way
-not alot of trees, most of them dead from fires
-no trail to the summit itself. That was the biggest disappointed.
-best views of the lake were early on the way up but no views from near the top. If your doing the loop you just missed the only photo op
-I ve hiked dozens of peaks in San Diego County and none were more disappointing then this one
-got out at 10 am and saw zero other hikers along the way
-only hike I've actually spotted wild animals in broad daylight. Saw 3 deer and also a fox.
Great hike! Peaceful meadows, amazing views, and solitude. You'll feel like you are on the edge of the world at times.
It's quiet, cool, and uncrowded. To me, those are the best things a trail could be. I went during the week so there's plenty of free parking. The path is well marked and maintained. Very green, considering it's San Diego and we're in a drought.
It's not perfect, though. The big trees burned and felled by the fires were kinda sad. The brush is really high so the views are a bit more obstructed than I anticipated. Stonewall Peak has nicer views. The upside of that is that it's quite shady.
Rode up west side road , back same. Good exercise, great views, nice to see area recover from fire.
There are at least four different ways this loop can be completed, none of which will give the hiker much visual stimulation. It's a nice workout with a couple of places where there are pleasing vistas. The route I chose, though appearing as a road, is actually a very old road that has nearly gone back to nature. Most of the track, on the east side, is narrow and surrounded by very tall brush, so there isn't much to see in those stretches. On the west side it opens up a bit more, but still doesn't afford more than average views.