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A tale of two hikes

Peak Summited2021 Cuyamaca Peak
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadAzalea Glen Loop
Hiking CompanionsHiked with a partner
Road ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehicles
Bug StatusNo bugs
Snow ConditionsIntermittent snow - not hard to cross
Trail ConditionsTrail in good condition

We parked at the park entrance and took the Lookout fire road up after walking through the campground. The road  is shorter but continuously steep hike and is in great condition. About the last 25% of the hike up was in mature trees and had gorgeous views back toward Stonewall Mtn. and the Salton Sea. The true summit is a little hard to find and we had to shimmy along the fence to find it. Great views in pretty much all directions at the summit. You can see the Palomar Observatory to the North, San Diego and the Pacific to the West, and the Salton Sea to the East.

We took Azalea Glen Loop on the way down. This path is a very narrow dirt and rock path. There was still some patches of snow left. 90% of Azalea Glen Loop was through thick new growth as there were basically no mature trees because of the wildfire in the past. This route was much longer than the fire road and it actually took us longer to come down than going up.

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