Cuyamaca Peak Climber's Log

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StartingOver

StartingOver - Jun 12, 2018 10:49 am Date Climbed: Jun 9, 2018

Break from work retreat  Sucess!

Instead of participating in one of the firm's "activities" I decided to go hiking. This peak has been on my list ever since I moved to Southern California in 2012. I dashed over to the mountain after lunch, quickly hiked to the top (at least, it was "quick" by my own out-of-shape standards) and then drove back.

It was worth it. The upper levels of the mountain seem to recovering well from the 2003 fire, with lots of 6-10 foot tall Coulter pines, with smaller incense ceders, white firs, and sugar pines. The lower parts of the mountain don't seem to be doing quite as well, but even there there were scattered young Coulter pines in many areas. I've read that this area will "never be the same," but I don't think that's true. I bet in another 10-25 years it looks the same as it did before the fire.

theronmoon

theronmoon - Jan 12, 2018 6:54 pm Date Climbed: Jan 11, 2018

Epic views  Sucess!

Amazing views and trees

Lenny72

Lenny72 - Jun 6, 2016 4:59 pm Date Climbed: Jun 5, 2016

Training Hike  Sucess!

Took the drive to Cuyamaca Peak in preparation for Adventure 16's Three Peak Challenge. Perfect weather, albeit a little warm, but nice breezes. It was sad to see all the devastation from the Cedar Fire of 2013, but still lots of trees and beautiful wildflowers as you get closer to the summit. The views from the top were spectacular as I could see my three objectives for the challenge (Mount San Antonio, Mount San Gorgonio, Mount San Jacinto) as well as the Salton Sea and all of San Diego County.

IronHiker

IronHiker - May 16, 2016 8:28 am Date Climbed: May 13, 2016

with Middle, Japacha, Stonewall  Sucess!

Nice views from both sides of the large summit area. Benchmark disc missing from the highest boulder, but I could see where it used to be. Found reference marks, a county benchmark, and a NASA benchmark.

trexkerry - Dec 5, 2015 9:37 pm Date Climbed: Dec 4, 2015

Meh  Sucess!

Nothing like walking a paved fire road for 6 miles. Great views from the top, but the trip up was boring. Patchy snow on the road up.

Fletch

Fletch - Feb 15, 2015 8:57 pm Date Climbed: Feb 15, 2015

Helman Memorial Climb  Sucess!

Incredible day with great people. Thanks for including me...

Dean

Dean - Feb 3, 2015 10:21 am Date Climbed: Feb 2, 2015

Road hike  Sucess!

My wife hated the winding roads from Ramona but we had a great day to do this one. I told her I'd be back to the day use area in 3 hours figuring 2 hours up & an hour down. Nice little rock scramble to get to the highest rock but was rewarded with great views. I made it back down in 50 minutes. Saw only two others that hiked to the top.

gimpilator

gimpilator - Jan 26, 2015 12:05 am Date Climbed: Jan 25, 2015

6 Peaks Dayhike  Sucess!

I did this as part of a 20ish mile loop which also included Little Stonewall, Stonewall, Arrowmakers Ridge, Japacha, and Middle Peak. This is definitely one of the more boring areas I've explored in southern California.

gfaulkner

gfaulkner - Jan 12, 2015 4:13 pm

Beautiful  Sucess!

Very clear views during the winter months.

ericnoel

ericnoel - Dec 8, 2014 12:40 am Date Climbed: Dec 6, 2014

Cuyamaca  Sucess!

Hiked the road with Elvis the dog.

Ted Bauer

Ted Bauer - Dec 4, 2013 12:25 pm

Skip the sidewalk  Sucess!

Hiked numerous times. Probably the most memorable was on a snowy evening with my young sons. We saw some pretty large fresh tracks which I thought could be those of a cougar. Needless to say we began singing Christmas Carols in earnest.

DonutPig

DonutPig - Aug 4, 2013 11:33 am Date Climbed: Dec 14, 2011

Nice hike  Sucess!

Nice easy hike. There was a ton of burned area from the fires.

Vortex

Vortex - Jun 13, 2013 5:36 pm Date Climbed: Nov 14, 2009

Fun Day Out  Sucess!

Some good scrambling on good rock at the top.

mebo1126

mebo1126 - Feb 17, 2013 5:21 pm

Fun

The trail is paved to the top, which means the route is practically straight up. It was a fun hike.

Kristin5berry

Kristin5berry - Feb 4, 2013 12:16 am Date Climbed: Feb 1, 2013

Good views

Of the city

SurfinPeakScience

SurfinPeakScience - Nov 18, 2012 7:43 pm Date Climbed: Nov 18, 2012

In a Cloud  Sucess!

In a cloud on the summit...beautiful views East from the Conejos Trail.

telemarkdude

telemarkdude - Oct 6, 2012 5:22 pm Date Climbed: Nov 8, 1975

Great Family Hike  Sucess!

Nice hike for family with small kids

Trailboss88

Trailboss88 - Jun 19, 2012 11:49 pm Date Climbed: Apr 18, 2012

great view  Sucess!

Hiked up the fire road to the summit and was rewarded with an impressive view. Took Conejo Trail back down to the fire road and linked up to the trail back to the campground to make a loop of it. Conejo tr. had a few downed trees across the trail and was a creek for much of it due to drainage problems.

szsz - May 25, 2012 12:51 am Date Climbed: May 3, 2012

3 Peak Day  Sucess!

Started out at Stonewall then came across to this peak (it's a little messy at the top right now) and then over to Middle Peak with its bevy of sheltered saplings. Can't wait to come back in 5 years and see the reforestation progress.

elianestar12

elianestar12 - Feb 26, 2012 2:30 pm Date Climbed: Feb 19, 2011

Whiteout  Sucess!

Fun little hike in the snow. Missed the spectacular views at the summit due to some major precipitation. Will head back soon.

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