Harvey Moore Trail

MODERATE 32 reviews

Harvey Moore Trail is a 9.7 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
9.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1272 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

camping

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

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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18 days ago

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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1 month ago

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

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1 month ago

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.

5 months 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!

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5 months 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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9 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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11 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.

Monday, April 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.

Thursday, November 03, 2016

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

hiking
Monday, March 14, 2016

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

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.

hiking
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 :)

hiking
Thursday, April 15, 2010

Harvey Moore is an 8.1-mile point to point trail. It'll require a decent chunk of the day, as the end point is in the middle of a meadow about 1.7 miles still from the trailhead. The Dyar Springs and East Side Trails will take you back to the trailhead at Sweetwater Bridge.

This is a good long trail in Cuyamaca with about a thousand feet gain over about 3 miles. Wildlife abounds, if you're quiet and attentive; deer, (non-native) wild turkeys, foxes, coyotes, bobcats, and a variety of raptors and other birds are there to see. In spring a variety of wildflowers over the length of the trip should be interesting.

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20 days ago

recorded East Side Trail

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6 months ago

recorded bugs and hail

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recorded Harvey Moore Trail

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