Explore the most popular no dogs 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.

Beautiful trail, recommend following the guidance here up Azalea to the right then down the paved road on the way back (not fun for the feet though).

Note: the entrance to Conejos is very difficult to spot, the trail sign is hidden if you’re travelling from Azalea. Also, bring lots of water and sunscreen. Park patches, cool gifts, and wildlife display at Cuyamaca Rancho visitor’s center before you get to the campground- worth a stop Sat and Sun 1000 to 1600. Recommended soundtrack for the drive: Tin Hat Trio: The Rodeo Eroded.

Great hike! Moderate difficulty, well-maintained path and lovely views from the top.

Lovely trail. Wear long pants, lots of poison oak out there. Bring lots of water especially if it’s hot, most parts no shade.

Breath taking trail. The trail has a very sad slow rate of forest regeneration, which prompted a reforestation project to replant using donations. It breaks my heart when I saw such magnificent pines burnt to the core. Quick history: The fire took place in 2003, when a lost hunter lit a signal fire hoping to be found. That signal burned out of control and became the biggest wildfire in California's history, burning more than 300,000 acres, killed 15 people and burned 2400 homes.

Great trail I love it

Beautiful hike. But... tons of horse manure and as mentioned in other reviews ticks aplenty.

Excellent trail, love the view

Parking fee is $10

The directions from here mapped me to the adjacent road into a small residential area. Multiple attempts to map takes me all different places. Look for the school on Viejas rd. On the map its labeled on Merigan Fire Rd. That's where the parking lot and trail head is.

The fire road has some nice inclines and practically no shade, might be bad to come here in the dead heat of summer. Sweetwater trail is narrow and not extremely well maintained, it is itchy to hike in shorts for this portion. Took a right on falls fire road towards green valley falls for the awesome swim spot. Road only adds 2 miles to the loop
Totally worth it!

Nice memorial day hike!

on Oakzanita Peak Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Overall the trail was nice and just about moderate.
However, today (May 28 2018) there were millions of bugs around. Great views from the peak!
Took me about 2 hours out & back.

hiking
1 month ago

Used this trail to head up to the airplane monument. Only ran into one other person the entire route. Super peaceful.

Great forest hike. Nice weather with a cool breeze! Park at the campground and pay the $10 parking fee. The azalea glen trail is south of the parking lot. Flat and gradual incline at the beginning. Steep as you reach the peak.

trail running
1 month ago

Did the first 2.5 miles out and back for a trail run and it was amazing. The wildlife was great with tons of lizards and hares that ran in front of you down the trail. Weather was perfect but I could see this being very hot during the middle of summer.

Love it!! Perfect for a birthday hike with friends!!

hiking
2 months ago

Pretty walk. Great views. Enjoyed a lot.

Great trail. Maybe I missed something but we clocked 8.5 on gps. Was a real nice hike with good elevation gain.

Really fun little hike, you’ll need $10 for parking but you can schedule a guided hike with the Park Docents. Michelle and Carmen were very nice and welcoming and had so many fun things to show us. Local plants and a WWII era water reservoir system. Super fun swimming hole at the end!

easy to moderate. ..

hiking
2 months ago

the trail was great. the 1st half is nothing special, lots of clearing goin on at lower elevation. once you get closer to the top, the 2nd half, you'll want to stop for pictures every 5 min. went during midday, sun was shining and it lit up the greens of the leaves. and with a bright blue sky, there isnt a better mixture. remember your water.

hiking
3 months ago

I was most surprised by a family that pushed a baby in. Baby stroller to the top of the this beautiful Peak. The 360 degree view was marred by mist or possibly smog to the west, so you couldn’t quite see the Pacific Ocean. Otherwise it was a sunny blue sky day with 15-20 mph winds. We met a couple dozen other hikers, including a group of Japanese teenagers coming up from the Paseo Pacheco Campground, where we parked for $10.

hiking
3 months ago

Parking right by the trailhead. Only saw two humans the entire time. Did the hike round trip in 2:40 at a leisurely pace with a few rests. Sick view at the top.

This is a nice hike- but beware of ticks right now. Nice views while on the trail but the best is on the top

hiking
3 months ago

Completed ModernHiker's East Mesa Loop. Harvey Moore > Granite Springs > Dyar Springs > Eastside. ~9 miles. Didn't see any turkey or deer, but this is a great trail.

Great hike. Conejos trail is definitely a challenge and it’s a good workout going up. The views are spectacular.

Good little hike close to home (I'm in Descanso). We Started at the East Mesa Fire Rd which intersects the South Descanso Creek Trail and continued to the North Descanso Creek Trail. Everything is nice and green right now, there is even some water flowing through the creek, which will probably be dry in a few weeks. Its a nice gradual climb to the peak with a few switchbacks along the way. The trail is well established and it would take a lot of work to get lost, but bring a map and compass just in case. There are plenty of other trails in the area that you can use to make this a much longer hike. Great views from the top, you can see Stonewall Peak, Cuyamaca Peak and even my house (with binoculars).

3 months ago

I loved this trail. lots of tributaries that are more challenging too. plus lots of deer!

Beautiful views all around and the frosty weather at the top was like the cherry on top. Enjoyed the cold and the icy winds on an other wise warm day in San Diego. We hiked with our dog so we stuck to the paved road (~5.4 mile out and back). Would definitely come back here soon!

Fun trail. If you hike it counter-clockwise there is a stretch in the first half that is a fairly steep uphill climb. The views at the top are the reward and they are pretty magnificent of the valley below and Lake Cuyamaca. I’ll do this one again.

Amazing, the most beatiful

Nice little trail, close to my house. The first trail on the left is Dead Horse Trail, it takes you to a creek crossing at about .1 miles. The logs look pretty sturdy, but will probably sink when you step on them if you hike this trail after winter rains like I did (wet left foot for the rest of the hike). Its a nice little climb up the trail from there to a pass between two small peaks. After that, there are some nice meadows that would make a great spot to stop for lunch and possibly see some wildlife. Due to time restraints, I took the Saddle Back trail, which takes you to a second creek crossing which was much wider, but easier to negotiate. This trail intersected the Merigan Fire Rd after about 1.6 miles, after that its easy money back to the trailhead. I tracked my hike to about 7.68 miles. BTW, check for ticks! I came back with two.

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