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.
There are many trails and roads that can be linked to reach the summit. I live just to the south west of the peak. I have completed several ascents via the telephone line road up the west ridge from Boulder Creek Road. Since the fire, the last trailless portion of this western route is a bit easier. Acents in the winter are to be treasured.
dad gave me a ride on his back, but i walked the last little bit.
This is a nice hike you can take right out Paso Pichaco campground. It was a very shady and beautiful hike before the fires of 2003. I have not had the heart to go back to the Cuyamacas since the fires, so I am not sure what it looks like now.
Blasted up it with Jen and Baby T on my back. Bit hazy at the top.
Summitted many times. Great views at the top.
If you live in SD county, then you gotta do it! :-)
Beautiful views of East San Diego county. Unfortunately this area has had a horrible fire. I hope I live to see it in its full splendour again.
I used to enjoy this area year-around! Either snowshoeing, mountain biking, or hiking. It was a great place to spend the day!
Hiked up several times.
I have climbed this peak many times, every time I always enjoy the trees and the sweet views.