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Best trails in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

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Looking for a great trail in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, California? AllTrails has 39 great hiking trails, running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 28 moderate trails in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park ranging from 3.4 to 22.7 miles and from 3,398 to 6,492 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description
Cuyamaca Ranch State Park is east of San Diego and a great place for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. The Day Use Annual Pass is accepted at this park. The park is open from sunrise to sunset. Dogs on a leash are allowed on the Cuyamaca Peak Fire Road. Dogs are allowed in picnic areas and in the campgrounds (except the primitive trail camps), but they are not allowed on trails or in park buildings. The oak woodlands are a great place to camp.
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Map of trails in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
Park information
Acreage
26000 acres
Park hours
Monday
dawn - dusk
Tuesday
dawn - dusk
Wednesday
dawn - dusk
Thursday
dawn - dusk
Friday
dawn - dusk
Saturday
dawn - dusk
Sunday
dawn - dusk
Mailing address
Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
13652 Highway 79
, CA 92036
Contact
760-765-3023
Top trails (39)
#1 - Stonewall Peak Trail
Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 1 h 55 m
NOTE: Although the trail is open, the parking area is closed due to COVID-19. There is no parking along the road. Stellar views and a variety of terrain in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park. Shaded oak lineShow more
#2 - Cuyamaca Peak via Azalea Glen Loop
Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
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Length: 7.7 mi • Est. 4 h 20 m
Note: Lookout Fire Road from Paso Picacho to Cuyamaca Peak and Hual-Cu-Cuish will be CLOSED to the public for construction until further notice. Lightly traveled and rugged ridgeback with splendid piShow more
#3 - Oakzanita Peak Trail
Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
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Length: 5.4 mi • Est. 2 h 57 m
Oakzanita Peak Trail is a 5.4 mile out and back trail located near Descanso, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, Show more
#4 - Stonewall Peak via Cold Stream and Stonewall Creek Loop
Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
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Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 2 h 42 m
$ 10 parking feeShow more
#5 - Sweetwater River Loop Trail
Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
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Length: 7.4 mi • Est. 3 h 44 m
This trail requires river crossings to complete the loop (during wet seasons) $10 parking feeShow more
#6 - Sill Hill Waterfall Trail
Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
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Length: 6.5 mi • Est. 3 h 29 m
Sill Hill Waterfall Trail is a 6.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Julian, California that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is pShow more
#7 - Cuyamaca West Side
Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
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Length: 5.6 mi • Est. 3 h 22 m
Note: Lookout Fire Road from Paso Picacho to Cuyamaca Peak and Hual-Cu-Cuish will be closed to the public for construction until further notice. The west side of Cuyamaca Mountain. This is the side tShow more
#8 - Saddleback and Sweetwater Trail Loop
Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
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Length: 5.2 mi • Est. 2 h 34 m
Saddleback and Sweetwater Trail Loop is a 5.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Descanso, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of actiShow more
#9 - Harvey Moore Trail
Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
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Length: 9.7 mi • Est. 4 h 46 m
Harvey Moore Trail was named for Cuyamaca Rancho State Park's first Park Ranger. The trail covers a wide range of terrain in CSRP's East Mesa area. HMT is about 8 miles long, and gains about 1000 feetShow more
#10 - Cuyamaca Peak via Arroyo Secco and West Mesa Trail
Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
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Length: 14.1 mi • Est. 7 h 31 m
Cuyamaca Peak via Arroyo Secco and West Mesa Trail is a 14.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Descanso, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers aShow more
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