Stonewall Peak Trail is a 3.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Julian, California that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
Stellar views and a variety of terrain in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park. Shaded oak lined trail with excellent views to the north, east & south. Want to see some of the best that Cuyamaca Rancho State Park has to offer? Hike up Stonewall Peak and enjoy the view of the surrounding park and nearby Lake Cuyamaca. The hike up the east side is a popular and relatively easy trail. The elevation gain is about 1000 feet, but doesn't seem like it with lots of switchbacks surrounded by Cuyamaca's characteristic plant and rock scenery and ever-better views. When you reach the top, climb the stairs and behold the breathtaking 360 degree view. When you get your fill, you can go back down the east side, or head down the "back" side, which heads northwest and circles back around. When there's snow, the "back" side is where it lasts the longest, and you can enjoy an easy, meandering descent. This excursion is of gentle switchbacks through canopies of black oaks, sycamores, and other coniferous trees. Great views of Anza Borrego, the Laguna Mountains, (on clear days) the Salton Sea, and 30+ miles to Palomar Mountains are the reward for all who make the ascent.
Easy and enjoyable for anyone getting started with hiking. Went 2/4/17 and had the pleasure of playing in both snow and desert surroundings.
Easy day today in the snow. There was about 4 to 6 inches. Most of the trail was packed down and easy to follow. I wish I had brought my microspikes though. The final ascent to the peak was very icy and I wouldn't recommend anyone (without spikes or crampons) attempt to climb the stairs. Non the less I had a fun hike and ended up with 4.02 miles. Next time I will have my microspikes and plan to complete the entire loop and not just the out and back.
Beautiful Trail, Very easy, and very rewarding!
Beautiful Trail and Views ..rocky path. Went on a Tuesday not busy at all.
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Great hike. Pretty busy trail and a little noisy. Otherwise good shade, easy climb and fabulous view from the top. Especially after a Santa Ana wind clears things out. Recommended hike and go early to avoid some of the traffic.