Harvey Moore Trail is a 9.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Descanso, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 9.7 miles Elevation Gain: 1,272 feet Route Type: Loop

camping

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

bird watching

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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2 months ago

3/20/20 Beautiful hike! It’s been raining the past week so the creeks were flowing. Couple little crossings. Went clockwise and I really loved this hike. Was looking for something far away from people because of the corona virus. Started at 8am and saw maybe 20 people the entire 10.5 miles. Saw the turkey tracks but no turkeys :(. Also saw deer tracks too. Will do this one again for sure. I can imagine it would be VERY hot during the summer months. Very little shade.

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muddy
3 months ago

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3 months ago

12.8 mile hike

recorded Harvey Moore Trail

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flooded
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3 months ago

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4 months ago

Hiked this trail last weekend (01/25/20) and stayed overnight in the Granite Springs trail camp. The creek was still flowing, so we were able to filter water from it, but it doesnt look like it will be there through summer. The large oak trees in camp 1 are dying and their limbs are breaking, so be careful. One huge limb broke off and blocked the path to camp one, so cut through camp 2 to get to it. The trail definitely needs some maintenance, its overgrown in a few areas and there were two areas where a tree fell and blocked the path completely. My son came back with a tick, so make sure to check yourself when you're done. Maybe if the trail wasn't so overgrown he might have not been bit.

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4 months ago

Great trail this time of year. A little mud, rocks and small patches of snow. This is the perfect moderate trail for the weather at 51 degrees and winds at 11 at the end of the hike at 3:00 PM.

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muddy
5 months ago

Ticks! Ticks everywhere. Pulled 10+ ticks off during this hike. I wouldn't hike unless every artilcle of clothing is treated with permethrin.

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Sat May 25 2019

Trail is a bit overgrown in places...

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Mon May 06 2019

Hopped on the trail from Upper Green Valley Rd. The 1.5 mile stretch along Harper Creek seems sparsely traveled and has some washed out areas and a few downed trees to deal with. The rest of the trail was in decent shape with a few overgrown grassy stretches, but not enough to lose the trail. Great bird watching along the way.

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Fri Mar 15 2019

Nice workout. The trail is narrow, rocky, muddy. Tall bushes line the trail. , A few streams to cross, so wear waterproof shoes. A few trees have fallen across the path. Lots of crisscrossing paths, some with no signs. Point lost as Dogs are not allowed.

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Sat Mar 09 2019

Truly beautiful trail. Pretty mellow the whole way, save about 4 miles in if you go clockwise. There were a few creek crossings as well.

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Sun Jul 15 2018

Good trail did the complete Harvey Moore trail , the back side was not fun (overgrown and doesn’t look like it has seen much traffic lately) mileage was my GPS clocked the whole thing at 11.3

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Sat May 12 2018

Not fun

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Mon Apr 02 2018

Completed ModernHiker's East Mesa Loop. Harvey Moore > Granite Springs > Dyar Springs > Eastside. ~9 miles. Didn't see any turkey or deer, but this is a great trail.

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Thu Mar 08 2018

A variety of terrain and a great workout to prepare for longer hikes.

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Tue Mar 06 2018

I hiked the Harry Moore trail on Sunday 3/4/18. Starting from the parking lot the upper trail is wonderful, beautiful scenery and rolling hills. Saw several deer and a lot of turkey tracks. I proceeded to take the trail all the way down the back side to the East Side Trail. This is where I had a problem. There is no sign for this trail or indication of this trail anywhere? It is clearly show on the map, but after three hours of searching no trail could be found. I had to back track up the back side of the Harvey Moore trail to the East Mesa Fire road. I didn't get back to the parking lot until 8pm. Please check where the Harvey Moore trail turns into the East Side Trail. Any trail in that area takes you north. I wouldn't wants this to happen to anyone else.

Wed Nov 15 2017

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!

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Thu Nov 02 2017

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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Wed Jul 05 2017

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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Wed May 10 2017

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.

Mon Apr 17 2017

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.

Thu Nov 03 2016

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

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Mon Mar 14 2016

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

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