Perfect day for snowshoeing! Found at least 2' of snow to the top and totally warm temps shortly after sunrise. Had the place to myself for the trip up, but encountered the typically "trailer park trash" in jeans and sweatshirts on my descent and in the Paso Picacho Campground parking lot at end of trip. YUK! Give me some wine!!
Part of two days of hiking with an HPS group on Thanksgiving weekend. Nice view to the west on this day.
Been meaning to come here for years. Big fire kept us away for awhile until the land healed a bit. Nice easy hike, nice views despite oncoming storm front. Stonewall across the way looks a lot more interesting, so we'll be back.
Hiked up to the summit several times, before the devastating Cedar Fire. Nice to see the photos of the forest recovering.
Been up a number of times. The best way is to take the north trail to the top.
I gained the summit via a long aproach form the southeast from somewhere below the state park. I lost all of my tracking data on a previous hard drive so I don't have all the details. I know the weather was sunny, several inches of snow on the ground, and lots of downed trees to negotiate.
Nice day hike with the wife up the fire road, snow was on the ground for ~1.5 miles to the top! They need to do something about those antennas though...takes away from such a beautiful view.
Been putting this one off due to the paved road to the summit...picked the clearest day of the year to hike to the top, we had views of the Salton Sea, Rabbit, and the snow in the San Gabriels and on San G. Met a blind guy who hiked the road solo, "been doin' it for 27 years" he said. Looped Middle Peak with Cuyamaca for a decent 5 hour day.
took my daughter up for her 10th birthday
Nice easy walk up the fire road. Development on the top is a bit disheartening, but the views make you forget about it.
Cycled up the road - does this count? :-)
Made many trips up the fire road. Haven't ever seen any mtn. lions, but have seen the paw prints...
Was a fun place to go before the fire. Can't say I remember much about the peak, I was fairly young at the time.
Paso Picacho->Azalea Glen Loop->Fern Flat Road->Lookout Road->peak->Lookout Road->Conejos Trail->Azalea Fire Road->Azalea Glen Loop->Paso Picacho ~7mi, 1700' +/-
I was out in SD for a wedding and wanted to get in some exercise before the wedding. This peak offered the perfect opportunity for a short outing. There was snow covering a lot of the road once I got to the small saddle, but it didn't really hinder progress and it was kind of cool to be looking at the ocean while standing in snow!
This is a popular peak but less impressive than nearby Stonewall Peak. Now that the fires have almost destroyed the forest, the nature views along the route are limited to dead pines and lush undergrowth that has taken over in their place.
Left the trail head (HWY 79) at 10:00 am, didn't even consider bringing pants with me and they were not needed. Beautiful day for a climb, the Santa Ana's were pushing a lot of the smog off the coast. It looks like the area is starting to recover nicely from the fire, although about 90% of the trail still has charred remains of old pine trees along the way.
All in all, it was much better than being at work.
Nice walk-up, interesting to see the trees recovering from the fire.
I've done this hike before. Today, I pushed the threshold and did the ascent in 40 minutes. I then ran to the bottom. Total time was 1 hour 5 minutes. Not bad.
Although most of the forest in the park was incinerated by the Cedar fire, a good bit of forest (including a beautiful stand of sugar pines) just below the Cuyamaca Peak summit survived. So the Cuyamaca peak hike isn't complete desolation. There's enough living forest near the summit to keep the hike rewarding.