Best trails in Descanso

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Looking for a great trail near Descanso, California? AllTrails has 41 great hiking trails, running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Cuyamaca Rancho State Park or Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Lake Poway Park or El Capitan County Preserve. Ready for some activity? There are 31 moderate trails in Descanso ranging from 2.5 to 22.7 miles and from 2,936 to 6,492 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Descanso
Top trails (41)
#1 - Cuyamaca Peak via Azalea Glen Loop
Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
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Length: 7.7 mi • Est. 4 h 20 m
Note: Lookout Fire Road from Paso Picacho to Cuyamaca Peak and Hual-Cu-Cuish will be CLOSED to the public for construction until further notice. Lightly traveled and rugged ridgeback with splendid piShow more
#2 - Oakzanita Peak Trail
Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
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Length: 5.4 mi • Est. 2 h 57 m
Please note that the parking lot for this trail is closed due to COVID 19.Show more
#3 - Stonewall Peak via Cold Stream and Stonewall Creek Loop
Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
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Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 2 h 42 m
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#4 - Sweetwater River Loop Trail
Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
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Length: 7.4 mi • Est. 3 h 44 m
This trail requires river crossings to complete the loop (during wet seasons) $10 parking feeShow more
#5 - Cuyamaca West Side
Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
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Length: 5.6 mi • Est. 3 h 22 m
Note: Lookout Fire Road from Paso Picacho to Cuyamaca Peak and Hual-Cu-Cuish will be closed to the public for construction until further notice. The west side of Cuyamaca Mountain. This is the side tShow more
#6 - Saddleback and Sweetwater Trail Loop
Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
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Length: 5.2 mi • Est. 2 h 34 m
Saddleback and Sweetwater Trail Loop is a 5.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Descanso, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of actiShow more
#7 - Eagle Peak Trail via Three Sisters Falls Trail
Cleveland National Forest
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 2 h 19 m
Eagle Peak Trail via Three Sisters Falls Trail is a 4.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Descanso, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. TShow more
#8 - Harvey Moore Trail
Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
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Length: 9.7 mi • Est. 4 h 46 m
Harvey Moore Trail was named for Cuyamaca Rancho State Park's first Park Ranger. The trail covers a wide range of terrain in CSRP's East Mesa area. HMT is about 8 miles long, and gains about 1000 feetShow more
#9 - Green Valley Falls
Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
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Length: 0.4 mi • Est. 13 m
As of May 2020, the parking lot is closed to this hike. Hikers may park on the side of the road. Note: Dogs are only allowed in campgrounds, picnic areas, paved roads and Cuyamaca Peak Fire Road.Show more
#10 - Cuyamaca Peak via Arroyo Secco and West Mesa Trail
Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
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Length: 14.1 mi • Est. 7 h 31 m
Cuyamaca Peak via Arroyo Secco and West Mesa Trail is a 14.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Descanso, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers aShow more
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