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Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

Stonewall Peak Loop

Stonewall Peak is one of the most popular hikes in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, and with good reason. The trail is easily accessible, beginning just across the street from the park’s main campground, and it provides some amazing views. If you’re looking for a new twist on this popular hike, you can try this variation. After summiting, continue along the Stonewall Peak Trail as it descends the back side of the mountain to meet with the California Riding and Hiking Trail, then continue on the Cold Stream Trail to loop back to the start. This adds about 1 mile to the hike, but will offer significant solitude compared to the busy trail that leads up to the Peak. Continue reading →

Dyar Spring/Juaquapin Loop (Cuyamaca Rancho State Park)

Cuyamaca Rancho State Park is home to an extensive network of trails that can be cobbled together into any number of different hikes. This loop combines several of those trails (Harvey Moore, Dyar Spring, Juaquapin, and the East Side Trail) to visit a variety of different habitats including chaparral hillsides, grassy meadows, and riparian stream […] Continue reading →

Airplane Monument & Arroyo Seco Loop (Cuyamaca Rancho State Park)

On December 7, 1922, a twin-seat model biplane carrying Col. F.C. Marshall and Lt. C.L. Webber crashed into a ridge near Cuyamaca Peak. Despite extensive searches, the wreckage and pilots’ remains weren’t discovered until May the following year. A monument to the two men was built and today is an interesting bit of history residing in […] Continue reading →

Stonewall Creek and Soapstone Grade Loop (Cuyamaca Rancho State Park)

Cuyamaca Rancho State Park has seemingly endless miles of trails and fire roads to explore, which can make for some nice long loops with varied landscapes to enjoy. This scenic loop through the northeastern section of the park does not disappoint, traveling along several streams and creeks and the Sweetwater River, passing wide open grasslands, and providing some […] Continue reading →