Hike Cuyamaca Peak

San Diego Cuyamaca Peak Trail

Added by Grant Nyquist

Cuyamaca Peak offers up amazing views overlooking San Diego. This is also the only dog-friendly trail in Cuyamaca Rancho SP.

This peak is one of the tallest in the county. Reaching the summit of the peak takes you to an elevation of 6500'. Although this peak isn't as challenging as others nearby, it's located in the center of San Diego, which offers up amazing views, which is the main reason to take this hike. The best views can be had during the fall, winter, and spring months, particularly after a storm. This way the smog is cleared out, leaving the local landmarks highly visible.

To get on the trail, park you car at the Paso Picacho day use area right next to the campground. There is a fee to park there for the day. Once you've crossed the campground, take the fire road toward the peak. Be sure to stay on the fire road, not losing sight of your goal as you'll come across several junctions as you head up. Once you reach the peak, get your rest and enjoy the 360 degree views of the area.

If you're looking to make this an overnight or weekend trip, set up a camp reservation at Paso Picacho.

Photos: Eric Gorski; Eric Gorski; Dan Hurt

Pack List

  • 10 Essentials
  • Extra water if hiking in summer
  • Hiking boots or trail shoes
  • $8 for parking
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Activities:

Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Season:

Year Round

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

5.5 Miles

Elev. Gain:

1700 Feet

Rating:

Features:

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Forest
Scenic
Wildflowers

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How to Get There

about 1 year ago

I agree with Guffey, there are a few gems around here that offer some amazing views...just tread lightly

about 1 year ago

almost 2 years ago

Excellent View

almost 2 years ago

almost 2 years ago

4/5ths of the way up keep an eye out for a short, small unmarked path to the right of the trail. There is a bench there with a better view than even the peak.

almost 2 years ago

almost 2 years ago

Take the Azalea Glen Trail for a longer and much more scenic hike.

almost 2 years ago

Added by Grant Nyquist

I'm basically awesome, more basic though

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