Archive for May, 2010

(I know, I haven’t posted anything in a month).  Realizing that our summer hiking trips were fast approaching, we decided to do a conditioning hike.  Last weekend we went up Mt. Woodson from the east entrance.  So Saturday I chose a hike my mother hadn’t done yet, the hike up to Cuyamaca Peak.  The trail is accessible from the Paso Picacho Campground in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.  We arrived to the lot around 11:30am and paid the $8 fee.  Many families were camping and exploring the area.  It was a rather windy day and I’m glad we brought extra layers and gloves.  The trail up to the peak is a paved fire road, like the route up to Mt. Woodson. 

Start of the hike

It’s about 3.5 miles one way with an elevation gain of 1,500ft.  It was a beautiful day with clouds quickly rolling in and out.  And the views of the park were breathtaking. 

View of Cuyamaca Rancho SP

We passed several families and hikers on the way up, but we had the peak to ourselves.  From the summit we couldn’t see much towards the west. 

Looking west from peak

We rested for a bit, had a snack, and then headed back down.  Great short hike for a morning or afternoon!

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