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32G

Oakzanita Peak

5054'

Location: San Diego County, about 13 miles south of Julian, 160 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

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 1

Distance: 5.5 miles round trip on road and trail
Gain: 1000'
Time: 2-2 1/2 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, easy
Navigation: Easy

Original: Carleton Shay, April 1997

DRIVING ROUTE 1

(Northern approach)

  • 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.
  • Continue 5.6 miles further (mile marker 4) to a gated dirt road on the left side. Park on the left just before this road.

(Southern approach)

  • The drive is longer, but generally quicker by taking SR 79 north from I-8 via San Diego.

HIKING ROUTE 1

  • From the parking area (4020'), hike a few yards south to a gate. Pass the gate and hike up the road about 0.5 mile past the signed "Lower Descanso" trail, to a trail on the right with a sign "Upper Descanso" trail. Follow this trail 0.1 mile to an unsigned fork at a stream crossing.
  • Keeping left at this fork, continue on the trail (dense poison oak) another 1.5 miles to a saddle with a fork and a sign "Oakzanita Peak".
  • Turn right and follow the trail 0.6 mile up to the summit.

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 2

Distance: 8 miles round trip on road and trail
Gain: 1000'
Time: 3-4 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, easy
Navigation: Easy

Original: Warren E. von Pertz, January 1968

DRIVING ROUTE 2

(Northern approach)

  • 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.
  • Continue 5.6 miles further (mile marker 4) to a gated dirt road on the left side. Park on the left just before this road.

(Southern approach)

  • The drive is longer, but generally quicker by taking SR 79 north from I-8 via San Diego.

HIKING ROUTE 2

  • From the parking area (4020'), pass the gate and hike up the road, passing the trail mentioned in Route 1, about 2 1/2 miles to a saddle where there is a junction at 4870' with a post reading "Oakzanita Peak 1.2".
  • Turn right (west) and continue about 1/4 mile where you keep right at a fork.
  • Follow the road about 1/2 mile farther down into a shallow valley. The peak is visible off to the right.
  • Continue on the road to where it ends on the ridge coming down south from the peak.
  • Turn right and follow a use trail up to the summit.

NOTES

Oakzanita Peak lies within the Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.

The Diegueno Indians originally inhabited this area. Visit the Park Indian Museum, located 1 1/4 miles north on SR 79.

History of Summit Signature

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