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I have always been curious about Stonewall Peak in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.  I suppose I never got around to it because the trail can get crowded.  Well, since it’s been really hot in southern California, and much of the rest of the United States, and since my non-hiking friends gave me their California State Parks pass, I figured I would a) avoid paying $8 parking fee at the campground, and b) avoid lots of hikers since many of them would not want to hike in the heat.  I left North County around 7:30 a.m. and arrived to the Paso Picacho Campground around 8:30 a.m.  The trailhead is across the highway, but there is no parking on the other side of the street.  One has to park and pay to use the campground.  It was already quite warm when I started the hike, but the skies were clear and I was looking forward as to what I would see from the top.  It’s about two miles to the peak with an elevation gain of 860 feet.  As you climb up the trail you start seeing Cuyamaca Reservoir, Cuyamaca Peak, and the surrounding meadows.  The views were quite impressive and I was glad with my decision.  The last hundred feet to the peak are a series of steps hewn in the rock with a guardrail.  I can see how on rainy days one can easily fall on the slippery granite rock.  I took some photos from the top and then headed back down to the campground.  Overall, a nice short hike for a hot summer day.

Cuyamaca Reservoir

 

View to the east

 

View from the top

 

 

 

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