Explore the most popular backpacking trails near Descanso with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
28 days ago

Nice trail uphill, then levels off to grassy meadows. Saw wild turkeys and many other birds. Many burned out trees.

hiking
7 months ago

Little hard to follow after the rain but nice hike with great views.

Misleading. This trail came up as "dog-friendly" and is not. We even went to talk to a ranger who said this site's information is wrong. There's even a big sign with a slash through an image of a dog in 3 different places close together as you enter the trail. We had to settle for the Lake Cuyamaca Trail which is awful.

This trail (or a connection of several trails) is in the most beautiful part of San Diego County, starting from Cuyamaca Rancho State Park to Mt. Laguna and back through a forest of pine trees, valleys and creeks (dry in summer months). It is just about one hour of driving from downtown San Diego and easily accessible. The best time to hike is from late fall through spring. It may get really hot in the summer months during heat waves.

walking
8 months ago

This was more of a walk than a hike, but very enjoyable none the less. Would be great for trail running!

birding
Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Great trail that runs along riparian habitat, small groves of oaks, meadows and into upland scrub. The trail was a bit overgrown with vegetation but we loved it and only encountered 3 other people on a Sunday. Great birding and a decent portion was in the shade which helped protect us from the heat. The flies were out in force, so you might want to bring bug spray and also watch out for some poison oak and rattlesnakes. The elevation increase was spaced out so it was a very easy hike.

hiking
Monday, April 24, 2017

We did Dyar Springs as part of a loop that included Harvey Moore and East Mesa. 9.5 miles and very enjoyable with varied terrain and great views

on Dyar Springs Trail

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Not much for the first mile in or out but beautiful after that.

hiking
Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Dyar Springs Trail is part of a series of trails in what's known as Cuyamaca's East Mesa. Dyar Springs Trail crosses some beautiful mountain meadows and if you're quiet and attentive, it's possible to see groups of mule deer, wild turkeys, and even coyotes. Birding can be good along this trail, and mountain quail, western scrub jays, stellar's jays, dark-eyes juncos, and soaring hawks, and vultures. The spring is about midway along the trail, though the water is non-potable.

East to west the trail is downhill, back to the visitor center parking. Also part of a series of trails on the East Mesa, it can be included in many combinations of varying length, to suit your day.

on Dyar Springs Trail

hiking
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hiking
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