Hike to elevated heights along the Cuyamaca trail here in San Diego. This 12.4 km loop trail is the penthouse of San Diego; being the second highest peak in the city! With a paved entrance to the mountains and gorgeous and sweeping San Diego views, it's literally no wonder this outdoor adventure is ranked at the top. Start at the south Azalea Glen Loop and admire the dense and beautiful forest hikes associated with that park. Admire the wildlife and nature around you. Follow the oak trees along the Conejos Trail until you reach the beautifully fire paved road that leads to the top of Cuyamaca Peak. The breathtaking views and serenity you experience at the top is what truly makes this hike one to remember!
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An amazing day hike that will humble you to the core. @alltrails said the Cuyamaca Peak via Azalea Glen loop combined with the Paso Picaco to Arroyo Secco primitive camp in was a 12 mile route. We ended up doing 15 miles with 3,000ft of elevation gain. #fyp #getoutthere #adventure #travel #treadlightly #gregorybackpacks #hike #hiketok♬ Aesthetic - Tollan Kim
Great views from the very top. I did it on a Sunday in July. It was overcast, about 84° but humid. The incline can get to you but overall it wasn't too bad. I'd recommend taking the longer route to the top since the short route is all paved and steep. Would definitely do it again.
The view is amazing. Really. On a clear day you can see both the Pacific Ocean and the Salton Sea. Walk to the north end and you can mostly avoid the communication antennas that seem to uglify most high peaks these days. (But the reception is amazing ;-) There's NO potable water up here so Make sure you bring enough for both the trip up and the return. If you like pavement, you can take the fire road all the way up. It's an asphalt paved road. If you would prefer to walk on dirt trails, then you can start on the azalea Glen trail but at some point you'll have to join the asphalt for the last mile to the peak. This area was heavily burned a few decades ago so don't expect much shade on the hike up. However the peak itself did not burn. So there are quite a few mature pines right around the top. It's a nice respite on a hot day. And it's nice to know that you get a chance to rest in the shade just before you reach the top.
Love this place. You can camp below too. They have cabin n spot for tent camping. This hike have a little incline but it a pave road to the peak so it kids n animals friendly. Cuyamaca Peak is best for sunset view. Stonewall Peak is good for sunrise view. It about 2.5 mile hike to the top. Camp ground have water for drinking n shower too.
Amazing views atop SD County’s second highest peak. Hiking from Paso Picacho campground on Lookout Road was a nice route providing a nice build up of views of Stonewall Peak and the surrounding areas. I highly recommend this hike. Weekday hikes would limit the amount of congestion on the peak but there are numerous places to relax once at the top. Suggest trek poles and cramp-one during the winter months.
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