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

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

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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It's really not that hard. And you get to be the highest person in San Diego! Totally worth it. Amazing view. Gets pretty slippery in winter season.

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11 days ago

Great views at top. Azalea Trail is beautiful.

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14 days ago

Beautiful views! Great nature hike, lot of animals sightings.

16 days ago

this trail was great nice hike up to the top loved the view

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1 month ago

Gorgeous trail after the rains! So green and lush. Take the loop to the right at start for sure, steady rocky climb, with breathtaking views! Add the Peak .5 at top for amazing westward view! Easy to cruise down on the paved trail side. Only bad thing was lots of gnats!

1 month ago

1 month ago

Decent trek with a fair bit of variety for Southern California hiking. By that I mean there were some good long rang views as expected, but also some forest, some meadows and a stream with plenty of vegetation along it. The hike up was mostly a paved path so it didn't seem as "natural" as some hikes, but it still was a bit of a workout.

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1 month ago

1 month ago

Awesome view from the top. Unfortunately, it's a paved road and not much trail. Steady incline all the way up. Not much to see except on the final destination. Would recommend!!!!