Stonewall Peak Trail

EASY 228 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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13 hours ago

Did this one twice. Once in the snow, once in blistering heat. Both times were a blast! The stairway to the summit is the coolest part. Be careful up there if it's iced over. Slip under that railing and you're gonna slide down 1,200 vertical feet. Despite being forested, there's not much shade. So take necessary steps to protect from the sun, it's surprising how hot it gets in this area in the summer. You'd think the higher elevation would make it cooler, but don't underestimate it. Great views, and challenging enough as a day hike. Worth the drive!

1 day ago

Good short trail even on a hot day. New growth from winter rains provide a little shade. Flying termite ants were swarming at the peak so I wasn't able to sit and enjoy the view. Bring water.

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13 days ago

One of my favorite hikes because the views are beautiful. The climb is pretty easy and the trail is well marked, with vantage points for great photos.

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19 days ago

I loved this trail, very gentle switchbacks and the views are an excellent payoff. My Fitbit clocked this closer to 5 miles so... I brought my 4 year old along on this one and much to my chagrin he was climbing on boulders the entire time, like dude I just wanna get to the top. Some kids said there were 9 rattlesnakes near the top so I was on high alert the whole way up. We didn't see any. Thanks punks. I feel like you might need one of those cute backpacks with a leash on it when you get to the top to keep your wild child from going under the railing and splatting. It's a long way down...

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25 days ago

Well maintained trail. A bit of difficult climbing on the way up. Not exactly a cake walk. Easy coming down. Great views at the top!

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1 month ago

Easy hike; even my three year old was able to make it to the top on his own. Nice views

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1 month 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.

1 month ago

Rewarding view