Stonewall Peak Trail

EASY 279 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.

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1 day ago

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

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2 days ago

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

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3 days 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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Easy hike but the top is rad!

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21 days ago

Views are great once you get to the top. But if you are out of shape think twice. This trail is switch back city all the to the top.

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AllTrails calles this easy (and I agree), but the Park calls it moderate.
It took me about 45-50 minutes to the top (and I was definitely taking my time). This is a well travelled trail, so it is very easy to navigate.

I saw children with parents on the trail, as well as a few older ones, so the trail is doable across all dynamics and experience levels.

I really enjoyed this one. Got some great pics at the top.

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1 month ago