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East of San Diego, Cuyamaca Rancho State Park offers respite from the dry Southern California landscape. The park’s 24,700 acres of oak and conifer forests and expansive meadows are broken by running streams. Located in the Peninsular Range of mountains, Cuyamaca Peak, at 6,512 feet, is the second highest point in San Diego County. From the peak, visitors can see Anza-Borrego Desert State Park to the east or the Pacific coastline to the west. Over half of the park's acreage is designated as state wilderness. The two family camps, Paso Picacho and Green Valley, are open and on the reservation system spring through fall. Green Valley sits at an elevation of 4,000 feet and has a creek which runs through the middle of the campground. The day-use area offers sets of cascades and shallow pools, great for water play on hot days. Green Valley has 74 campsites. Paso Picacho, 5 miles north, sits at an elevation of 5,000 feet. The most popular hikes start from this camp, including the 2 mile hike up Stonewall Peak (elevation 5,700 feet), and the 3.5 mile hike up Cuyamaca Peak (elevation 6,512 feet), both which offer breathtaking views of the deserts to the east, the coast to the west, and Lake Cuyamaca at the bottom. Lake Cuyamaca, operated by the Helix Water District, is two miles north of Paso Picacho and offers boating and fishing. Paso Picacho campground has 85 campsites. Day-use visitors may use the picnic areas provided at the campgrounds for $8 per vehicle. The receipt is good for the entire park for the day. The picnic areas offer tables, restrooms, and barbeques. Visitors may also park in legal turnouts along the highway and hike for free. Fire is not allowed anywhere except in the developed picnic areas and campgrounds. The beautiful park offers camping and hiking in an oak woodland forest, with a sprinkling of pines and lovely meadows with creeks. There are over 100 miles of trails which accommodate hikers, bikers, and equestrians. The Day Use Annual Pass is accepted at this park. The park is open from dawn until dusk. 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.

hiking
5 days ago

hiking
5 days ago

hiking
6 days ago

Awesome hike. Great views, great challenge and not too crowded.

hiking
6 days ago

hiking
8 days ago

AllTrails calles this easy (and I agree), but the Park calls it moderate.
It took me about 45-50 minutes to the top (and I was definitely taking my time). This is a well travelled trail, so it is very easy to navigate.

I saw children with parents on the trail, as well as a few older ones, so the trail is doable across all dynamics and experience levels.

I really enjoyed this one. Got some great pics at the top.

I followed the trail description exactly, but in reverse. I started with the fire road, and descended on the Conejos Trail/ Azalea Glen trails. Easy to navigate in my opinion.
Nice hike, clear day. (I saw a Bald Eagle!)

horseback riding
12 days ago

hiking
13 days ago

on Harvey Moore Trail

hiking
13 days ago

horseback riding
13 days ago

hiking
13 days ago