Cuyamaca Peak Loop

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Cuyamaca Peak Loop is a 6.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Descanso, California that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October.

DISTANCE
6.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1489 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

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nature trips

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forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

snow

no dogs

Lightly traveled and rugged ridgeback with splendid pine forest views to the west. This excursion to the top of the Cuyamaca Peek has many trails from which to choose. Ours trail begins on the south Azalea Glen Loop. This 1.5 mile ascent is one of the most beautiful dense forest hikes in the park. Take the Loop Trail to the Azalea Glen Road to the Azalea Fire Road finally meeting up with the Conejos Trail. The Conejos, a lightly hiked 2.5 mile trail, follows the ridgeback of the Cuyamaca it is a bit of smorgasbord. It begins by meandering around fallen oak trees then quickly morphs to a granite rock trail. Finally it becomes a wall trail hugging a steep drop! The views this hike affords are fantastic, both to the East Mountains and west low lying valleys. Finally, the trail merges with the paved fire road 0.5 from the top of Cuyamaca Peak. Be sure to bring some binoculars, on a clear day the views from the second highest peak in San Diego County are spectacular!

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22 days ago

park at the camp grounds as others have mentioned. costs $10.

when you start, take the right most trail path to do the loop counter clockwise, otherwise you'll end up pretty bored on the fire road all the way up. the counter clockwise loop allows you to hike through a very natural setting. eventually you have to get back onto the paved fire road to get up to the summit and when you descend, it will all be paved back to your parking spot.

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26 days ago

Great loop. We did it counter clockwise. When you get to the fire road towards the end make a right and head to the summit. It's only another half mile up. My gps was at a little over 8 miles on this hike. Significantly more than the 6.3 that shows on this loop.

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26 days ago

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1 month ago

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

1 month ago

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1 month ago

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!)

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1 month ago

brings lots of water, due to high elevation hike, to get to the peak the fire route is the main trail to hike on, but accessing it from other trail heads are will add mileage to your destination. We started from the West Mesa Trail head and took the West Side Trail to the connect to the fire route which added 2.3 miles. From the connecting loop we got up to a 4.55 mile to the peak. heading back we took the West Mesa Trail connecting loops. carefully as you can easily get lost. Look for the Fern Flat Fire trail which will lead you to the West Mesa Trail to the 79 and cross to where we originally park cause we did not want to pay for parking, plus we wanted distance and adventure. our total was 12.63 miles.

1 month ago

This trail is closer to 7.5 miles. Not a very scenic trail.

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

Excellent hike. Nice breeze in the afternoon even with temps in the mid-80's. Lots of butterflies today. Nice to see cedars, firs, and pines that weren't touched by the fires. Easy to miss the Conejos Trail if you're not paying attention.

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

Me and my 6 year old son loved the view from peak! We took azalea road to go up and took fire road on the way down because we saw some black clouds with lighting coming towards us I thought we should hurry.