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bugs
1 day ago

There is NO dogs allowed just in case you want to take them. We came from Escondido and had to go back because they weren’t allowing dogs.

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bugs
3 days ago

This is a gem of a trail in the area. I have hiked a lot of the other trails in Cuyamaca and this one stands out just a little for its gorgeous scenes, running water, and fantastic peak experience. Flies abound after about 8:00 a.m., but as stated elsewhere, you’re fine as long as you’re moving. Lots of gorgeous flowering plants, rabbits, lizards, and birds. We were up and back at an easy pace in less than 2.5 hours.

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bugs
no shade
over grown
3 days ago

Great trail. We got there early, paid the $10 for parking and headed out to the waterfall first. Very nice and refreshing. It’s tricky trying to climb all over the rocks to find a nice spot. We then hiked clockwise and did the loop. There were a couple of openings to take a pic or two. Coming back down the fire road we could hear another waterfall but opted to not check it out. As we passed over the first waterfall, we noticed it crowded, very crowded. So glad we hit that first. Lots of bugs and biting horseflies. Saw one rattlesnake hiding on the side of the fire road. Overall it was a good and somewhat challenging hike. Would do it again.

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no shade
over grown
4 days ago

Great great trail. This is the first actual moderate hike I’ve done. The trail is overgrown, it has a constant incline and very nice view. Not crowded at all. There is no shade once you 0.5 mile into the trail. Make sure you have water, shade and shoes with good grips. The parking spots are not that many but it’s doable. The park is open. The trail is open.

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bugs
4 days ago

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bugs
4 days ago

Very easy access even for no hikers! Awesome vies and waterfalls.

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bugs
4 days ago

Great trail! Pretty crowded due to Memorial Day weekend but we loved seeing the beautiful falls!

Great

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bugs
4 days ago

Good trail. Well marked. Lots of poison oak and bugs. Horse flies were pretty aggressive when you stop. So don’t stop! Views from the top were excellent. Went on a Sunday so more traffic but really not many people. Parking difficult because lots are closed. Took our kids who did well. Lots of beautiful wildflowers, lizards, and butterflies to see!

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rocky
5 days ago

Really nice trail. Did it in late May: still very green with a bit of flowering left. Met no one else on the trail! As an earlier reviewer already said: this loop is 5.5 miles, NOT 7 miles (used a Garmin smart watch).

5 days ago

easy in hard out. no shade great reward

Creek was high so rather than crossing I followed a trail to the 79 and ended up walking along the highway which sucked. Lots of birds and flowers more than made up for the stroll along the highway.

5/23 - Parking lots are now open! Love this trail for the variety and views. Watch out for the trail markers. I was staring at the ground for too long and accidentally continued two miles extra on the West Mesa trail and had to double back to the Burnt Pine junction.

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6 days ago

Open as of May 23rd! Great terrain, mostly flat, partially through open meadows. Beautiful sunny/breezy day.

We really loved this trail. Couldn’t park at the visitors center/ school camp, so we parked one lot further by West Mesa and took Cold Stream Trail to the school/visitor center. Then we caught the west side trail by crossing the 79 and took that all the way to green valley falls. There were bathrooms at green valley and at the visitors center. We took West side trail the whole way back to West Mesa. Made our hike a total of 9.4 miles or so. Overall this trail was beautiful and remote, though nearby the road, we only passed by others a handful of times- with the exception of green valley falls which was somewhat crowded. The weather was great. There was a small stream to cross, which was great! I used my water purifier to refill my hydra pack! Pretty cool.

Hike is accessible and open if you pay $10 fee at the green valley campground. Water is cold but fun to dip your feet into. Gets busy later on in the day would recommend starting early.

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bugs
over grown
7 days ago

The waterfall is really nice, cool spot. The full trail loop on the other hand is more ideal for horseback than hiking. It’s overgrown with tall grasses and other vegetation, not ideal when wearing shorts. There was an abundance of flies that swarm and will follow you, wear a hat or other head covering. It’s overall a decent trail, where it falls short is no “wow” view at the top like most mountain trails in the area.

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bugs
7 days ago

This was my first hike over 3 miles. We hiked the total 7.4 miles in just over 5 hours. I recommend starting early, as there are very few spots on the hike with shade. It costs $10 to park in the dirt lot at the trailhead. Bring $10 in cash and a pen to write on the envelope. We went to the left when the trail split, All in all, we walked through two streams about 2 feet deep. The first one was about 30-45 minutes in. Both were easy to cross. There are quite a few places where the trail is overgrown and, at times, there are offshoots from the main trail, and if you can't access your trail map, you can go on a completely different trail. We saw many beautiful species of butterflies, one snake (not a rattlesnake), blue and red dragonflies, lots of lizards, one beautiful alligator lizard that I almost stepped on. It was a big lizard. There are lots of flies and flying insects. We didn't bring bug spray, and if you keep moving, the bugs don't bother you too much. But, if you stop, watch out, those flies are all over you. I will definitely do this hike again. Apparently, if you go right at the first fork and deviate off the marked trail, you have very quick access to a waterfall. We stuck to the trail and the trail did not go to a waterfall.

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bugs
over grown
7 days ago

If you’re going to do the whole loop go right at the first fork in the road, and finish with the waterfall (it’s a very long and hot hike. Start early!) bring BUG SPRAY! I cannot stress this enough!! The very large bugs are insane throughout this whole hike (except by the water where everything is absolutely perfect). If you’re just going to the waterfall, go left! Keep your map open, lots of forks in the road. Took a few wrong turns myself.

The water fallwas not worth the 7.4 fucking miles. Make you life easy and go straight to the water fall my going left at the beginning.

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bugs
9 days ago

5/16/2020 - Going counter-clockwise, we skipped the first mile walking along the highway and started at the Sugar Pine trailhead across from Lake Cuyamaca Restaurant. Climbed 2 miles, mostly under the lush shade of tree tunnels, passing poison oak, up to the highest point of the trail. Instead of continuing the loop to the fire road, we went back down the trail, enjoying the views of the lake near the top.

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rocky
10 days ago

Beautiful trail! Just not sure where 2 miles disappeared to...did the loop and only logged 5.5 miles on my Apple Watch

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