Dyar Springs Trail

MODERATE 13 reviews

Dyar Springs Trail is a 5.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Descanso, California that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, trail running, and backpacking.

5.6 miles
807 feet



trail running


no dogs

9 months ago

Nice trail uphill, then levels off to grassy meadows. Saw wild turkeys and many other birds. Many burned out trees.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Little hard to follow after the rain but nice hike with great views.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

This was more of a walk than a hike, but very enjoyable none the less. Would be great for trail running!

bird watching
Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Great trail that runs along riparian habitat, small groves of oaks, meadows and into upland scrub. The trail was a bit overgrown with vegetation but we loved it and only encountered 3 other people on a Sunday. Great birding and a decent portion was in the shade which helped protect us from the heat. The flies were out in force, so you might want to bring bug spray and also watch out for some poison oak and rattlesnakes. The elevation increase was spaced out so it was a very easy hike.

Monday, April 24, 2017

We did Dyar Springs as part of a loop that included Harvey Moore and East Mesa. 9.5 miles and very enjoyable with varied terrain and great views

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Not much for the first mile in or out but beautiful after that.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Dyar Springs Trail is part of a series of trails in what's known as Cuyamaca's East Mesa. Dyar Springs Trail crosses some beautiful mountain meadows and if you're quiet and attentive, it's possible to see groups of mule deer, wild turkeys, and even coyotes. Birding can be good along this trail, and mountain quail, western scrub jays, stellar's jays, dark-eyes juncos, and soaring hawks, and vultures. The spring is about midway along the trail, though the water is non-potable.

East to west the trail is downhill, back to the visitor center parking. Also part of a series of trails on the East Mesa, it can be included in many combinations of varying length, to suit your day.

6 months ago

recorded Dyar Springs Trail

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Sunday, November 26, 2017