Explore the most popular hiking trails in Cuyamaca Mountain State Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

1 month ago

I did this hike as part of the 100 peak challenge- but I really didn’t enjoy climbing up the bump to east mesa peak.. the trail along the peak it’s nice though- but the peak it’s off trail and once on the top the high bushes won’t let enjoy the view. Sometimes I wonder why they chose peaks like this one... well.. have fun!

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3 months ago

Made a great loop from Airplane Monument back to Green Valley Falls by hiking UP the southern part of the West Mesa Trail to Arroyo Seco (there’s a short cut back down Fox Trail, not shown on your Topo map) and the Arroyo Seco Fire Road takes you back to the campground. We parked at the Sweetwater parking lot to start up monument trail and we went across Green Valley campground at the end to explore the falls a bit before returning to the car. This created a loop just under 9.5 miles.

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10 months ago

Turned into a long, hot loop. From Green Valley ($10) to Monument to West Mesa to Fox Trail to Arroyo Seco to Pine Ridge to Green Valley (6.5 mi). Pine Ridge trail looks easy on the map -- not so in practice. Stay on Fire Road for an easier descent. Airplane Monument was a nice picture stop. Trail a bit overgrown. Long pants to protect the legs would be nice if not for the July heat.

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Very nice trail with good diversity. Granite Spring camp looked interesting.

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

An ok hike on a nice day. We were hoping to see some wildflowers, but no dice. We went the north way round, the first half was nice and shaded, running along a stream and through some foliage. Once up to Dyar Spring, the trail was marshy and soggy with a few wet crossings. The way down was less scenic and more in keeping with the normal San Diego landscape. Overall, a pretty good hike, but no wildflowers to be seen. Relatively flat and easy loop.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Nice easy trail.

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Monday, October 24, 2016

We took west side to monument (to avoid paying the campground fee this weekend) to west mesa to japacha. Pretty easy. Kinda narrow going up. Wider and pretty coming down. My kids liked it

on Monument Trail

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Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Hiked this Labor Day 2016 with a group of friends. Cool hike with amazing views of Cuyamaca Peak and Stonewall Peak along with other scenic views. We hiked the loop via West Mesa trail and racked up 5.38 miles! Airplane Monument atop was worth the hike to honor the fallen U.S. servicemen

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Monday, March 14, 2016

Did it as part of a bigger loop to bag Cuyamaca peak and Japacha Peak. Pretty straightforward and well marked.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Hiked here from the West Side trail to avoid paying the $8 campground entry fee. Parts are narrow and rocky so good shoes are essential. There are some nice views but most of the time you're just surrounded by bushes.

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Saturday, January 02, 2016

Wonderful trail. Easy, varied terrain, and we saw two bobcats!

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

on Monument Trail

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Monday, December 05, 2016

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Saturday, November 21, 2015

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Monday, November 16, 2015

on Juaquapin Trail

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Monday, September 21, 2015

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Saturday, July 19, 2014