Stonewall Peak Trail

EASY 202 reviews

Stonewall Peak Trail is a 3.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Julian, California that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

3.8 miles 823 feet Out & Back

kid friendly



nature trips

rock climbing

trail running




over grown



no dogs

Stellar views and a variety of terrain in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park. Shaded oak lined trail with excellent views to the north, east & south. Want to see some of the best that Cuyamaca Rancho State Park has to offer? Hike up Stonewall Peak and enjoy the view of the surrounding park and nearby Lake Cuyamaca. The hike up the east side is a popular and relatively easy trail. The elevation gain is about 1000 feet, but doesn't seem like it with lots of switchbacks surrounded by Cuyamaca's characteristic plant and rock scenery and ever-better views. When you reach the top, climb the stairs and behold the breathtaking 360 degree view. When you get your fill, you can go back down the east side, or head down the "back" side, which heads northwest and circles back around. When there's snow, the "back" side is where it lasts the longest, and you can enjoy an easy, meandering descent. This excursion is of gentle switchbacks through canopies of black oaks, sycamores, and other coniferous trees. Great views of Anza Borrego, the Laguna Mountains, (on clear days) the Salton Sea, and 30+ miles to Palomar Mountains are the reward for all who make the ascent.

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9 days ago

A great relatively easy hike with beautiful views especially at the top!

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15 days ago

Don't forget to bring rain jacket if you're going for an early hike. It's misty, gusty and cold around this time. My family loved the hike!

17 days ago

Would not say its an "easy" trail. The incline is gradual and steady which makes it manageable but the length and amount of switchbacks can become cumbersome. I would anticipate it feeling longer than it actually is. However, the view at the top is pretty awesome! Be careful not to fall!

19 days ago

20 days ago

What a beautiful view from above..
10/10 absolutely worth driving hour and half.

21 days ago

Fun hike. Great view from the top

28 days ago

A great moderate hike. Weather fantastic. The view was amazing but couldn't quite see the Salton Sea because of the haze.

1 month ago

My friend and I hiked to the top at sunrise. Spectacular!

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1 month ago

I had the opportunity to do this trail Saturday. The weather was amazing. Spectacular views from the top.

1 month ago

easy hike, very well developed trail, although it is not paved. the view from the peak is very beautiful; you can see down to the san diego bay including coronado and point loma, and also down into the desert to the north east (on a clear day).

1 month ago

Moderately easy trail that's never too crowded. One of my personal favorites in San Diego County. Beautiful view from the top. Highly recommend!!

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