Explore the most popular walking 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.

on Eagle Peak Trail

1 month ago

Love it

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

on Oakzanita Peak Trail

hiking
2 months 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.

FYI. As of today 5/27, getting to the trailhead on the opposite side of the 79 required splashing through a flooded creek bed. Wasn’t in the mood to slosh through knee high stagnant water and squish 7 miles out in wet socks so I parked 2 miles north and picked up the West trail when it connected with the fire road.

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.

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

hiking
3 months ago

Took advantage of great cloudy and misty day to do three sisters so, why not tackle this one. No one on the trail compared to three sisters. Pretty easy hike. A little over grown. The views a cool on top.

My daughter and I hiked this trail this evening which is just down the road from where we live. The temperatures have been starting to climb so we thought it’d be nice to get some fresh air in the cool of the evening. The climb up the fire road is a good steady climb before dropping down to the river. Check for ticks when you get to the car. It’s a great 2 1/2 mile hike.

hiking
3 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.

Our hike turned out to be more like 5.5mi compared to 7. Not sure where the extra miles went. If you do the loop counter clockwise it’s a more gradual climb than the steepness of going clockwise.

Great views of stonewall peak and around Cuyamaca. There was a bees nest in the airplane engine so might not want to get too close to that. Would definitely do it again.

easy to moderate. ..

hiking
4 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
4 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

It’s a nice hike, the views at the peak are awesome- it’s not that challenging but good workout. The trail it’s easy to follow. Enjoy!

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).

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

Lovely trail.

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.

3/3/18 Great hike! I definitely wasn't prepared for the cold weather and all the snow up there but the hike itself through the woods and meadows was gorgeous. I plan on going back soon to get some better views and hopefully better weather, a lot of fog rolled in on my way up so I didn't get to see any of the scenery from the summit.

Pictures and snow slowed me down so I took a little under 4 hours to hike it. I took the Azalea Glen trail up to the Azalea springs road, then the cuyamaca peak fire road from there. Took conejos trail back down, which takes you back to azalea springs.

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