Middle Peak Loop Trail

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Middle Peak Loop Trail ist ein 6 Meilen langer, wenig besuchter Rundweg in der Nähe von Descanso, Kalifornien. Er führt entlang eines Sees, vorbei an herrlichen Aussichtspunkten und es gibt schöne Wildblumen. Aufgrund der Steigung und Distanz ist die Strecke als moderat einzustufen. Es gibt verschiedene Aktivitätsmöglichkeiten. Die Route ist das ganze Jahr über zugänglich.

Entfernung: 6.0 miles Höhenunterschied: 1,056 feet Routentyp: Rundweg

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Parking is available on California Highway 79, across from the trail head.

wandern
2 months ago

Quintessential San Diego hike on a beautiful fall day! Today was too hot in the desert, and too cold at Mt. Laguna, so we went to Cuyamaca. We did this loop hike counter-clockwise as it is described in the Afoot & Afield book. The uphill was gentle and the down hill was relaxed. I'd heard that this trail was overgrown but it was not - there appears to have been recent trail work so maybe that's why. The "ceanothus tunnels" were definitely there but not too bad and they were actually kind of cool. It's great to see the baby trees from the re-vegetation project (this area was hit hard by the 2003 Cedar Fire). A little disappointing that it doesn't go to the summit of Middle Peak but otherwise it's a great hike!

wandern
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5 months ago

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käfer
6 months ago

If you plan to hike this counter clockwise you have to pay attention to spot the start of the Minshall Trail. I missed it and went clockwise. The Minshall trail sign is an old, partially rotted piece of wood stuck in the ground on the right side of the access road. The Minshall Trail itself is hard to spot from a distance due to the grasses growing in the field. Hiking clockwise, the trail is very easy to follow. The hike is very pretty - especially the portions on the Sugar Pine and Minshall Trails. In spite of the lack of trees, the high ceanothus bushes and the narrow trail give an illusion of forest wilderness that is missing when on the fire road. In the lower elevations there were some very aggressive flies, so I recommend bug repellent unless the day is windy or you are there in the winter. There weren't any really good places to stop for a snack unless you wanted to sit in the middle of the path, and it was hot in the sun. On the other hand, I practically had the entire trail to myself, so it was very peaceful. Parking was a breeze even on the holiday.

wandern
8 months ago

May 4, 2019. Great gradual hike towards the mountain peak with great 360 degree views of the beautiful park. 2nd time is a charm to the Peak, after exploring for any signs of cairns or glimpse of any trails, I was successful. The last 0.18 miles was a challenge with all the overgrowth, serious bushwhacking and some maneuvering through dead tree logs & hoping few boulders it was well with it. I was excited to see the official Peak Log and sign it. It’s all about the adventure. Get Outdoors and Hike!!

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schnee
10 months ago

Definitely more snow then anticipated. We were first ones on the trail for a majority of it. Definitely should have snow shoes but short enough. Loves it!!

wandern
schnee
10 months ago

Did the trail today after the snow. It was a challenge without snow shoes but a good workout if you are into that sort of thing.

wandern
schlammig
11 months ago

Thu Aug 30 2018

Very beautiful hike!

wandern
Sun Nov 05 2017

Boring fire road with a few views. No peak access. Some birds to watch.

Sun May 21 2017

The best part of this trail is the Sugar Pine trail section that starts across the street from the Lake Cuyamaca Restaurant and goes to the fire road close to the top of the peak. If you're interested in peaking it, the .2 miles to the top is very difficult because it's extremely over grown.

wandern
Thu Apr 06 2017

Would almost say this trail is more "easy" than "moderate" mainly because the incline is not too drastic. The length I can agree with can be lengthy. At one point you can see the lake which is pretty awesome. There aren't many views but it can be very scenic and great for birding!

Fri Nov 18 2016

Nice hike with a nice view along the trail.

wandern
Mon Sep 05 2016

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 Pros -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.

wandern
Mon May 30 2016

Great hike! Peaceful meadows, amazing views, and solitude. You'll feel like you are on the edge of the world at times.

wandern
Fri Mar 25 2016

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.

Fri Apr 17 2015

Rode up west side road , back same. Good exercise, great views, nice to see area recover from fire.

wandern
Fri Jun 13 2014

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.

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