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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, trail 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
Contact
760-765-3023
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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: $10 fee to park car. 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 Show 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
Please note that the parking lot for this trail is closed due to COVID 19.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 - 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
#7 - Green Valley Falls
Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
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Length: 0.4 mi • Est. 13 m
As of May 2020, the parking lot is closed to this hike. Hikers may park on the side of the road. Note: Dogs are only allowed in campgrounds, picnic areas, paved roads and Cuyamaca Peak Fire Road.Show more
#8 - 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
#9 - 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
#10 - 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
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