Harvey Moore Trail

MODERATE 26 reviews

Harvey Moore Trail is a 9.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Descanso, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, birding, and horses and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
9.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1263 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

horseback riding

views

wild flowers

blowdown

no dogs

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 feet from the trailhead at Sweetwater Bridge. The Harvey Moore Trail varies from near fire road, to twisty, steep switchbacks. You'll find montane oak/pine forest and chaparral ecosystems. Near the north end there is a nice string of cascading pools in wet months.

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8 hours ago

9 days ago

Awesome hike! Great scenery and nothing too difficult. Saw several deer and I think a couple of coyotes! Still some water running and this is at the end of the dry season. I would DEFINITELY recommend starting on the south end of the loop coming out from the north as it's a pretty good grade down. Going again in Spring!

hiking
12 days ago

hiking
22 days ago

Beautiful scenery and not too hot. Wasn't the most challenging but did run across some wild turkeys. Very isolated, left at 8am and saw a total of 3 people by the time I got back at 11:15.

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1 month ago

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4 months ago

This hike map depicts a combination of two trails making a loop (Harvey More to Eastside) If you prefer an out and back at about 2/3 the distance, Take Harvey More to the Granite Springs Trail Camp adjacent to the Cuyamaca Rancho / Cleveland National Forest boundary, 3.7 miles from the trailhead at the big equestrian staging area on hwy 79. Starting with a climb through a shady pine and oak ravine, it transitions to exposed sage and mesquite, and eventually becomes vast meadows leading to pine stands. Watch for a colony of horny toads to the right side of the trail (heading out) inside the boundaries of the Cuyamaca Montains State Wilderness area. All the while, you are continuing a gradual climb until just before the camp. The horse camp has outhouses, corrals and well water for animals. If you choose to continue on Harvey More, you will climb once again after crossing the springbed, other wise this is your turnaround. I've found wildlife encounters to scarce on this route. If you're looking for deer and turkey I suggest the areas south, east and southeast the Stonewall Mine.

5 months ago

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6 months ago

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6 months ago

Extremely nice trail. Amazing views and lots of wildlife - deer and turkey. Amazing diversity of landscape - forest, meadow and mountain brush. Don't let the distance scare you, pretty easy after a pretty steep first 3/4 mile. Well worth the distance.

7 months ago

Very nice, fairly easy trail with amazing views and lots of wildlife. The rains this year made for green green meadows and a vernal pond with polywogs.

7 months ago

9 months ago

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Relatively easy trail for an experienced hiker. Pretty and the trailhead was easy to find with plenty of parking.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Sunday, July 03, 2016

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Monday, March 14, 2016

Great hike but be prepared for horses and mules. Awesome scenery.