Harvey Moore Trail

MODERATE 22 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
1374 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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3 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.

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5 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.

6 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.

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11 months ago

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

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Sunday, July 03, 2016

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Monday, March 14, 2016

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

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Monday, February 29, 2016

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Monday, August 04, 2014

We started at the Green Valley Falls campground just South of the Sweetwater trailhead because we were staying overnight at the Granite Springs trail camp. You cannot park overnight at the trailhead parking lot unless you have a horse trailer. I thought it was gonna be super hot, but we were lucky to have some may grey-like clouds and rain. I would consider this to be a moderately difficult hike because a 9 and 12 year old were able to complete it with just a moderate level of complaining. We ended up making a loop out of it by going back via the East Mesa fire road. it was a total of about 11 miles, 5.8 in and 5 out. I wouldnt recommend it for a first time trip for kids due to the length, mine got bored and tired and they probably wont want to take and more backpacking trips with me. The Palm Canyon Oasis would be way better, because its shorter and depending on what time of the year it is, there is water flowing through your camp. I gave this hike 4 stars because I can see potential in it if we did it during spring, the trail is well defined, there are plenty of signs on the trail and detailed maps are available at the green valley falls ranger station for about 3 bucks.

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Friday, April 04, 2014

I LOVED this trail!! It is one of the only trails in the San Diego area where you can actually feel like you are away from cities and highways. It is actually about 12 miles round trip but totally worth it. You get to hike thought gorgeous meadows on the top of mountains, through forests and through the typical San Diego desert shrub. This trail has it all... Oh and wild turkeys :)