Here. As of the date of this post, there is an $8 cost for day parking at this location. There is plenty of parking at the trailhead to hike to Cuyamaca Peak.
2003 cedar creek fire. Even though a number of years have passed since the fire, you can still see much of the destruction left by the 2003 cedar creek fire. Snow is common during the winter time on Cuyamaca Peak, especially after winter storms in Southern California. There was a little snow on Cuyamaca Peak when we did this hike in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, mostly above the 5,500 foot mark.
Palomar Mountain among the ridge of the Palomar Mountains. On very clear days the 8,716-foot Toro Peak in the Santa Rosas and the San Jacintos are visible. Closer yet is Volcan Mountain slightly to the northeast, with the former gold rush town of Julian lying in front. Directly north are the closest summits, Middle and North Peaks. Directly east is the Anza Borrego Desert and the Laguna Mountains, including Whale Peak. Far beyond is the Salton Sea. To the south are Lyons Peak and Lawson Peak; further yet and to the southeast are Mexican border mountains. For a map of the trails in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, click Here.
Mt. San Jacinto and Mt. San Gorgonio in the San Bernadino Mountains.
Stonewall Mine during our visit to Cuyamaca Rancho State Park. This truly is a great place to observe Southern California wildlife. It is worth bringing a spotting scope to this location if you have one.
Here. Another thing to potentially watch out for is service vehicles going to service the radio equipment at the top of Cuyamaca Peak. One truck came up while we were hiking to the top. One down side to this hike is the fact that the summit has radio towers and equipment at the top.
Rating: Elevation Gain: 1,500 ft. (Moderate - Strenuous), Distance: 7 Miles Roundtrip (Moderate).
Time to Complete Hike: 3 - 3.5 hours.
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