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.
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.
My friend and I hiked to the top at sunrise. Spectacular!
I had the opportunity to do this trail Saturday. The weather was amazing. Spectacular views from the top.
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).
Moderately easy trail that's never too crowded. One of my personal favorites in San Diego County. Beautiful view from the top. Highly recommend!!
Can't beat the 360 view, nothing more rewarding then the view at the end.
Easy and enjoyable for anyone getting started with hiking. Went 2/4/17 and had the pleasure of playing in both snow and desert surroundings.
Easy day today in the snow. There was about 4 to 6 inches. Most of the trail was packed down and easy to follow. I wish I had brought my microspikes though. The final ascent to the peak was very icy and I wouldn't recommend anyone (without spikes or crampons) attempt to climb the stairs. Non the less I had a fun hike and ended up with 4.02 miles. Next time I will have my microspikes and plan to complete the entire loop and not just the out and back.