Stonewall Peak Trail

EASY 98 reviews

Stonewall Peak Trail is a 3.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Julian, CA 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.

3.8 miles 731 feet Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

walking

forest

views

over grown

rocky

scramble

no dogs

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.

1 day ago

wonderful hike. Definitely worth the effort to get to the top.

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7 days ago

Spectacular scenic and well maintained route. Just hike this, you will be glad you did.

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7 days ago

Hiked w my 3 and 5 year old daughters. 5 year old made it no problem. Scenic switchbacks the whole way. The top have beautiful views

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8 days ago

Excellent hiking trails for beginners and/or someone who just wants to enjoy a relaxing walk in nature.

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10 days ago

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19 days ago

Very unique hike

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20 days ago

Quick fun hike with sweet views. Parking directly across the street from the trailhead for 8 dollars.

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21 days ago

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22 days ago

Easy trail with wonderful views. Parking across the street is 8 bucks good for all day.

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2 months ago

It was gorgeous. Went out with a few friends mid-october of last year, and it was cool in the morning with lots of shade. Almost lost my hat on top of the peak, but the views would've made it worth it. Full 360° view, and a great place for lunch/pictures.

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2 months ago

It was a great hike with beautiful views

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3 months ago

Completed the Stonrewall Peak loop trail today with my bestie!!!! The hike up to Stonewall is beautiful and easy. Lots of switchbacks and perfect spots to stop and take in the amazing views! The peak itself was kinda off limits today due to a swarm of either flying ants or termites at the tippy top. Not many braved the swarm, I did briefly and the view was worth a temp head full of bugs!

My only concern and issue was with the loop trail on the descent. As of today the trail was not well maintained-it seems at first that it is but not so further in. It's very quiet with no other hikers on the descent. For me and my friend (another woman) this was uncomfortable. There was evidence of mountain lion activity in the form of scat/droppings. We finally found the connecting trail and got out of there. Don't recommend this portion of the trail for lone females, my strong opinion. With that said-Can't wait to go back and enjoy this hike-minus loop again!
Oh and go early like another reviewer the mountain's shade is perfect!

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3 months ago

Easy but wonderful. I've been hiking this trail since childhood and it never loses its wow factor once up top. Great for a morning hike and fun for groups.

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4 months ago

Piece of cake, if you like delicious cake with views for days. I also feel like this trail needed a few more switchbacks ;). Great trail. Decent incline towards the end and a beautiful sunset. Gorgeous!

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4 months ago

amazing hike, been here couple times, good for kids

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4 months ago

A very enjoyable trail; great views and a good variety of wild flowers. The trail is very steep at the top.

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5 months ago

Amazing views and easy ascent!!❤️❤️❤️

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5 months ago

Great trail. Super fun run !