Double Trouble on Cuyamaca Peak

Peak Summited2020 Cuyamaca Peak
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadAzalea Glen
EncounteredWildflowers blooming
Road ConditionsRoad rough but passable
Bug StatusNo bugs
Snow ConditionsSnow free
Trail ConditionsMinor obstacles posing few problems

Started this hike at 10:45am because I couldn't wake up!! The forecast called for high 70's and it was ALL of that. Less than 1/2 mile in and I run across my First Rattlesnake! I encountered it less than five minutes after passing two moms with their kids coming from that direction. It was a blessing nobody in that group stepped on it. Azalea Glen trail is Beautiful! I wasn't regretting this hike at all. Azalea Glen lets out onto a fire road where I was SUPPOSED to go right, I went left. I ended up at the Azalea Glen spring which was cool but the wrong direction. After getting back on track I then passed the Conejos trail on the left which I was supposed to take, it sneaks up on you. I went downhill for almost 5 minutes before realizing I had to turn around and go back uphill to the Conejos Trail! The worst part is that I was leading a family from Minnesota at this point lol. They were very good sports thankfully. The Conejos trail took me right to the freshly paved access road that leads to the peak. It is Sunday so there were no workers, just hikers. I encountered maybe 15 fellow hikers the entire hike. I ran into my Second Rattlesnake in the same area I ran into the first one on my way down the hill. This is the most beautiful hike I've done in San Diego and second only to Waimea Canyon on Kauai. I highly recommend, watch out for Rattlesnakes and brink Trekking Poles!

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