Stonewall Peak Trail is a 3.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Julian, California that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 3.4 miles Elevation Gain: 813 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

bird watching

running

forest

views

bugs

over grown

rocky

scramble

snow

no dogs

NOTE: Although the trail is open, the parking area is closed due to COVID-19. There is no parking along the road. 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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rocky
3 days ago

I was told this was closed but it is indeed OPEN! The parking lots are open, with fee across from trailhead. Im so glad we checked and was able to hike this one! One of my favorite trails and so worth the view at the top! Bring lots of water!

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rocky
4 days ago

Great day!! There is a parking across the street $10 but get there early! By the time we were done at 9:30, the parking lot was closed. But amazing view at the top.

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rocky
6 days ago

This was such an amazing trail! I'm a beginner and I struggled a bit but the view was totally worth it. Arrived around 4am, parking was on the street about 1/4 mile down the road from where the trail begins, made it to the summit at about 6am. A little cold, super windy, we didn't get any heat since it was so early but the trail is over grown so has tons of shade. We got back down at about 8am and it was already getting busy so I recommend going early.

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8 days ago

Earlier Around 8am we drove all the way to Descanso to Hike Stonewall but parking was all closed and you cannot park on the side road. So we ended up just joyriding. Wasted Gas for Nothing. Trying to see other entrance to See if we can hike the Mountain Top.

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9 days ago

Yes the trail is open BUT there is absolutely no parking during covid. No allowed street parking for miles and the parking lot across the street is blocked off. Beautiful trail, but didn’t get the chance to hike today because of parking. Don’t waste your time for now.

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rocky
16 days ago

NoT Closed ! We hiked up May 10th, 2020. The Paso Picacho campground right across the road from the trailhead is closed, so ther’s no convenient place to park. You’ll have to park 1.25 miles up the road near a sharp bend in the road approaching Cuyamaca Lake and then walk back along the shoulder of the road to get to the trail head. A spectacular hike with a fantastic view .

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over grown
17 days ago

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17 days ago

Completed this trail with a friend on March 14th, 2020. It was a bit of an overcast day. We parked across the street in the paso picacho campground for $10/day The trail is a gradual incline for the duration. We saw only a few people. The trail is hard packed dirt, wide enough for two people to hike side by side. It was a bit muddy in a few areas from previous rain but the trail was mostly dry. The peak is unique, in that it is a small rock scramble to the top & then you ascend stone stairs to the peak. It was overcast so wet couldn't see much but it was a great hike. Rained for a few minutes, which we were prepared for. Rain jackets donned & we continued right up. Great view of lake Cuyamaca. Have to get to Julian for pie when your this close. Heavenly!

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rocky
19 days ago

rocky
24 days ago

Trail is open. Amazing view at the peak. Lots of shade throughout the whole hike. beautiful purple flowers. Had to add 3 miles to our hike because of no parking due to covid19. We parked at the los vaqueros Trailhead. Cars that were parked on the side of the road were getting parking tickets.

Truly stunning. Recommend counter-clockwise.

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1 month ago

3/29 - parking lot was closed

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muddy
1 month ago

A bit crowded and muddy, but if you come down the less crowded trail it’s nice

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closed
1 month ago

Anyone know if this trail is open?

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fee
2 months ago

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

Quick, easy, amazing payoff even on a cloudy day

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2 months ago

COMPLETED: 3/11/20 by three 20 year olds THOUGHTS: Easy trail. Switchbacks kind of feel endless but the views at the top are well worth the trek. 50 minutes up, unsure the time to track back. There was a pack of goofy lil school children ahead of us - if they can make it up, so can you. Camped across the street from the trailhead at Paso Picacho Campground (well manicured and expansive). Would surely recommend to all those who like rocks and trees and smiles and such.

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rocky
2 months ago

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