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.
Amazing views and trees
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.
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.
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.
Incredible day with great people. Thanks for including me...
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.
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.
Very clear views during the winter months.
Hiked the road with Elvis the dog.
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.
Nice easy hike. There was a ton of burned area from the fires.
Some good scrambling on good rock at the top.
The trail is paved to the top, which means the route is practically straight up. It was a fun hike.
Of the city
In a cloud on the summit...beautiful views East from the Conejos Trail.
Nice hike for family with small kids
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.
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.
Fun little hike in the snow. Missed the spectacular views at the summit due to some major precipitation. Will head back soon.