Stonewall Peak Trail

EASY 329 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.

DISTANCE
3.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
731 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

walking

forest

views

over grown

rocky

scramble

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.

hiking
2 days ago

great hike. started at Lake Cuyamaca and came up the backside of the mountain on Los Caballos trail. beautiful day and a spectacular view at the end.

hiking
3 days ago

This hike was the first one where I experienced a designer trail and it was fun. A beautiful hike especially eating my lunch on top.

hiking
6 days ago

This hike is a lot of fun and great for kids too. The path is well designated and quite safe for most people. The switchbacks keep the trail from getting too steep. Reaching the top is a great reward. Highly recommended.

hiking
9 days ago

i love it, not too easy but funny

12 days ago

Doesn’t disappoint. Great view from top

hiking
12 days ago

Loved this trail and the view at the top was breathtaking! 360 views from the top. We went later in the afternoon so there was plenty of shade for the second half of the climb up. (Heads up - there is no really any parking anywhere near the trailhead so you have to park across the road at the campgrounds for $10 day use) Totally worth it though.

13 days ago

I did this hike this morning and it’s beautiful! It’s an easy one but super exciting to hike. Great for trail running as well. Views are incredible! Highly recommend it.

hiking
14 days ago

well maintain and easy trail. loved it.

20 days ago

Great hike. We hiked up from the campground and then down the north side back to the campground via the Cold Stream Trail. Cold Stream Trail was slightly an uphill climb. This is not a difficult hike for this time of year. Would not want to do on a hot summer day. Per MapMyWalk we hike 5.89 miles in less than 3 hours. We spent about 15 minutes at the peak.

hiking
20 days ago

Had a blast and it was very enjoyable!!

22 days ago

Great Mountain. Takes awhile but a great relaxing scenic hike !!!!

24 days ago

Nice easy hike, about 4 miles round trip. It took about 1 hour and 50 minutes at a very leisurely pace.

1 month ago

One of the most enjoyable hikes in the area.

hiking
1 month ago

Great day hike with kids. Made it up and down in about 3 hours with 4 kids under 15. Well marked, well maintained trail with unbelievable views on the way.

hiking
1 month ago

Great morning hike

hiking
2 months ago

Very easy hike, took less than an hour to summit. A surprising amount of shade on the way up, which is mostly switchbacks.

Great views from the top! For those who are easily bothered, there are lots of tiny flies at the top, but it didn't really bother my friends and I. It was crowded on a holiday weekend but not overbearing. Not a fan of repeating hikes, but I would do this one again.

2 months ago

Great views, scary top

hiking
3 months ago

when it's hot, morning is great, even slightly shady, slightly.
great views, trees are coming back after 2003 fire. gradual switchbacks.

3 months ago

This trail is easy, the scenery is beautiful and the weather is just right. Definitely ‘OKAY’ for new hikers.

hiking
3 months ago

Easy to moderate trail with some shade. Great view at the top where it is cool and windy; also a nice spot to sit on the rocks to eat a snack while enjoying the view.

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