Stonewall Peak Trail

EASY 210 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
823 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
15 hours ago

Easy well maintained trail. 360 degree panoramic views. This is a popular trail, leave early to avoid the crowds. $10 day use fee to park at Paco Picacho campgrounds.

3 days ago

Rewarding view

7 days ago

Great rock climbing at the top if you're into that.

hiking
8 days ago

Great heights

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1 month ago

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

1 month ago

1 month 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!

hiking
1 month 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!

1 month ago

1 month ago

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

1 month ago

Fun hike. Great view from the top

1 month ago

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