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32E

Cuyamaca Peak

6512'

Location: San Diego County, about 9 miles south of Julian, 155 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: Middle Peak, Stonewall Peak, Oakzanita Peak

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 1

Distance: 6 miles round trip on road
Gain: 1600'
Time: 3 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, moderate

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 2.7 miles to the entrance to Paso Picacho Park on the right. Park in the day use parking lot. There is a day use fee for the park. Parking along the highway is not permitted near the park.

HIKING ROUTE 1

  • From the parking area (4870'), hike southwest up the campground road to a point between campsites 25 and 26 where a trail starts.
  • Follow this trail a short distance to where it meets a paved road.
  • Turn right (west) on this road and follow it up to the summit.

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 2

Distance: 6 miles round trip on road and cross-country
Gain: 1600'
Time: 4 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, moderate

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 (4670'), 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.
  • Keep straight and follow this road (signed "Middle Pk. Fire Road") to a saddle where five roads come together.
  • The road going south is marked by a post reading "Azalea Spring". Follow this road about 1/4 mile to a junction with the Conejos Trail on the right, with a post reading "Cuyamaca Fire Rd.".
  • Follow this trail to a paved road. This is the road described in Route 1.
  • Turn right and follow it to the summit.

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 3

Cuyamaca Peak can be climbed from Middle Peak. This makes a loop trip possible. From Middle Peak, descend directly east to a fire road. Turn left and follow it south to a saddle where five roads meet. This is the same saddle described in Route 2. Proceed from here using Route 2.


HISTORICAL NOTE

Cuyamaca Rancho State Park was created in 1933 when Mr. and Mrs. Ralph M. Dyar donated 1/2 the property to the State. Gold worth $2 million was produced on the property before the mine (on the northeast slope of Stonewall Peak) closed in 1892.

NATURAL HISTORY NOTE

This area is one of our most notable native oak areas. November is a great month to enjoy them.

History of Summit Signature

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Hundred Peaks Section, Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club
Published 7-December-2005
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