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32D

Middle Peak

5883'

Location: San Diego County, about 8 miles south of Julian, 150 miles from Los Angeles

Maps

Auto Club: San Diego County
Forest Service: Cleveland National Forest
USGS Topo: Cuyamaca Peak 7½
HPS: Route(s), waypoints and explanation of usage

Nearby Peaks: Cuyamaca Peak, Stonewall Peak, Oakzanita Peak

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 1

Distance: 5 miles round trip on road and cross-country
Gain: 1200'
Time: 3 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, easy

Original: Warren E. von Pertz, January 1968

DRIVING ROUTE 1

  • Take I-5 south to SR 78 in San Diego County.
  • Go east on SR 78 through Escondido to the junction with SR 79 just past the town of Julian. Turn right (south) on SR 79.
  • Go south on SR 79 for 9 miles to the Cuyamaca Dam.
  • Continue 0.1 mile to a gravel turnout on the right with log gates at either end. Park here.

HIKING ROUTE 1

  • From the parking area (4600'), hike up an asphalt road which goes south. Ignore a road that goes off to the right.
  • At about 0.1 mile you will come to a locked gate with stone pillars. Pass the gate and continue up the road passing a stone foundation and on to a road junction at 5600'.
  • Take the left fork and go a few hundred feet to another fork.
  • Leave the road here and hike cross-country west up the ridge to the summit.

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 2

Distance: 5 miles round trip on road and cross-country
Gain: 1200'
Time: 3 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, easy

Original: Warren E. von Pertz, January 1968

DRIVING ROUTE 2

  • Take I-5 south to SR 78 in San Diego County.
  • Go east on SR 78 through Escondido to the junction with SR 79 just past the town of Julian. Turn right (south) on SR 79.
  • Go south on SR 79 for 9 miles to the Cuyamaca Dam.
  • Continue 1.1 miles to a road on the right side (west) with a sign "Camp Hual-Cu-Cuish". Park on the left (east) side of the highway.

HIKING ROUTE 2

  • From the parking area (4600'), cross the highway and hike west up the dirt road to a fork.
  • Keep right at this fork and pass a gate and continue on to another fork with a barrier on the right fork.
  • Turn right and follow this road to another fork at 5640'.
  • Turn right and go about 300 yards to the high point on the road.
  • Leave the road here on the left and hike cross-country up through trees to the summit.

ALTERNATE ROUTES

Middle Peak and Cuyamaca Peak are often done as a car shuttle or loop trip. It is possible to go south down the ridge from Middle Peak to the five way junction described in Route 2 of the Cuyamaca Peak guide. Continue to Middle Peak via the Route 2 instructions.


ACCESS NOTE

While the Cuyamaca Rancho State Park recovers from the devastating fire of 2003, cross-country hiking has been discouraged. Check with a ranger before proceeding all the way to Middle's summit. If they won't give permission to do the final cross-country bit of the climb, it is sufficient to go to the highest point of the road/trail that circles the summit area.

HISTORICAL NOTE

Middle Peak lies within the Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.

History of Summit Signature

Climbing Archives

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Hundred Peaks Section, Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club
Published 12-February-2006
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