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Cuyamaca Peak via Azalea Loop

It was a perfect day for a hike.  My friend, Cindy, and I started early.  We saw few people until we were on our way…

Cuyamaca Peak

We started at around 6:30 am and finished in just under 2 hours. The trail was empty as we made our ascent, but there were…

Never Take The Boring Route

Alright, so where to start? When I first started researching this trail all signs were pointing to taking the Lookout Fire Road, it was the…

Never Take The Boring Route

Alright, so where to start? When I first started researching this trail all signs were pointing to taking the Lookout Fire Road, it was the…

Cuyamaca Peak

It was hot but an absolutely gorgeous solo hike

Dragonfly central!

It was a beautiful day. Not too hot. We took Azalea Glenn up under the shade of the trees and the fire road down. There…

Peak 4: On Top of the Clouds

Started at 7:15am and weather was cool. As we progressed, it quickly got warm. Beautiful scenery and view on the way to the peak. Had…

2nd Hike Done

Last 20 yards was hard to find the path to the peak…it is rocky, overgrown, and not marked.

Cuyamaca

Hit trail at about 7:00. Took Fire Road up and back. Great weather and bugs nowhere near as bad as some have experienced. A few…

Cuyamaca Peak

Epic hike! Great peak, has the best views of San Diego for sure. Suggest trails other than the paved fire road (Cuyamaca peak via Azalea…

Cuyamaca Peak – HAF

Asphalt most of the way up to the peak. Hot as Fck, a nice accomplishment nonetheless.

Cuyamaca Peak

My group and I took the Lookout Fire Road, which is a paved road, both ways. The road is all incline going up and downhill…

Toasty Loops

A warm hike, but there were some solid views at the end. Despite being a Saturday, it wasn’t crowded at all. The trail was a…

Cuyamaca Peak

It was a hot day. Temperature was mid-80s up. We started the hike around 9:30am. We took the Azalea Glen Loop because we couldn’t find…

Cuyamaca Peak via Azalea Glen

Beautiful hike. Definitely recommend the Azalea Glen route to the top! It was winding and I felt like I was heading in the opposite direction…

Cuyamaca Peak

5 of 6 San Diego peaks for me down. This one was a very nice hike, if you avoid the road as your hike up…

Cuyamaca peak

Took the fire road up then a different trail down

Cuyamaca Peak

An early start to avoid the heat made for a pleasant & beautiful day

Coming to Cuyamaca

This one was a late afternoon hike. At the gate while paying for my parking at Paso Picacho Campground, the ranger misunderstood me and thought…

Cuyamaca

Bugs were terrible!  Highly recommend bug spray and sun screen.  We started early to try to beat the heat but it still got very hot.…

Trail gems

Absolutely fantastic hike apart from the bugs!

Purple meadows at Cuyamaca Peak

I’m SO glad we didn’t take the fire road! The  flowers and views were spectacular and made the annoying bugs more bearable. There were pretty…

Purple meadows of Cuyamaca Peak

We started at 5:45 AM in an effort to beat the heat. It was still hot but not unbearable. The bugs were out of control!…

Bug Peak… I mean Cuyamaca Peak

My husband and I were back at it after a short hiatus (family gatherings, work and Zion trip). We ascended to the peak up the…

Cuyamaca Peak

Trail conditions were good   steep climb early start to beat the heat  

Cuyamaca Peak

The hike was not too strenuous, albeit we took numerous breaks. Luckily, we read other posts about lots of bugs on the trail and we…

Rocks & Snakes & Bugs, Oh My!

We parked at the campground and headed our ascent at 7:00am. The sun came up pretty early and was intense. The azaleas are starting to…

Cuyamaca calls

The fire road up to the peak was challenging – pretty much a continuous climb.  The sky was clear which presented a beautiful view from…

Cuyamaca

Perfect weather for a perfect hike. Lots of birds and colorful flowers…a little crowded on the top but the view is amazing ☺️.

Beautiful views

Much easier hike after doing El Cajon Mtn. There were a ton of bees, but no stings. Last half mile on the fire road is…

Cuyamaca Peak

Great hike although the loose rocks were a bit challenging.

Cuyamaca

x note Finished the 2021 San Diego Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge with a lovely climb up Cuyamaca. The best part was finally meeting Amber and…

Being over prepared!

This was a beautiful trail. So many wild flowers in full bloom. We took the scenic route up, beautiful bridges at the beginning were a…

Deer on the Trail

Started hike at the Azalea Glen Loop trailhead at about 7:30AM.  There was plenty of parking at the campground which was only $10 to park. …

Snacks on Snacks at the Peak!!

Arrived at the Azalea Glen Loop trailhead at 7:30AM.  There are bathrooms at the campground to use which were very clean.  There was ice on…

Perfect Weather Hike!

Our group was a little worried as we were driving as the clouds were low and it was drizzling most of the way. At about…

Cuyamaca Peak

Trail was rocky in spots, but otherside is just fire road.  A little rainy and windy, but not bad.

Cuyamaca

We went up the fire road then down the trail.  Weather was nice.  Rocks on the trail were slippery.

Cuyamaca me walkalot

Paved but pretty. Loved the big trees at the top, and we could see Potato Chip Rock (Woodsen) from a lookout close to the top…

Paso Picacho

We camped at the trailhead which made it that much better.  Beautiful views and finally wild flowers!!  It was super rocky. But we didn’t die!!

Cuyamaca

We hiked up the fire road and down Azalea Glen. The fire road is steep, exposed but short. The trail down was beautiful, lots of…

Hike 2: Cuyamaca Peak

This hike had some amazing view on top. The trail starts off easy on the Alazea glen trail. This trail ends at a fire road,…

Keeping cool at Cuyamaca

We didn’t make it out to the trail head until nearly 1pm and highly underestimated the weather. Our furry friend needed a piggy back ride…

Cuya

good trail very hot day tho

Japacha Peak extra

Spend the night at the Paso Picacho campground to get a timely start. On a weekday the campgrounds were mostly empty, very nice. I took…

Cuyamaca Peak

Started at 7am via Azalea Glen Loop trail which is a beautifully shaded trail which parallels a creek for a bit (100% better than taking…

Cool Azalea Glen Loop

The first time I hiked this peak it was just up and down the fire road. Today, we hike the Azalea Glen Loop, which was…

Cuyamaca Peak

Quiet day, took Conejos trail (wear long sleeves–passed through lots of brush growing into the trail) and poles are a good idea– lots of loose…

The Penultimate Peak

Almost there for the 6-Pack Challenge with this ascent of Cuyamaca Peak.  Went on the Azalea Glen Trail from the parking lot, passing the morteros…

#5 Cuyamaca

Because my hiking buddy has 4 legs and fur, we had to take the paved fire road the entire way.

Above the Clouds

It was a dreary day in San Diego, but we were above the clouds and had a beautiful hike. It was pretty windy at the…

A Blast from the Past!

I called this hike..A Blast from the Past..as this was the place where I went to 6 grade Camp way back in 1978! I suppose…

Cuyamaca Peak

Small group this time. Just me, Lynn, and Lori. I drove to the campsite where we picked up the head to the trail. It was…

Great incline hike!

The hike was at an incline the whole way up. The weather was perfect 65 degrees.

San Diego’s Finest

This was another great hike. I don’t believe there was a summit marker. I took the trail up and the fire road down.

Asphalt Hike

This is an interesting hike being all on paved road. Because it’s a paved road designed for the vehicles servicing the antenna site at the…

Cuyamaca

Beginning through a meadowy area, turns a little rocky at some points, fire road to beautiful summit views.

Sunday stroll

Entered via service road to peak. Started overcast ended Clear sky. Cool/warm. Enjoyed the view an wildlife moving around. Birds of kind moving about an…

Cuyamaca Peak

Drove out the night before and stayed as Paso Picacho Campground – highly recommend! Hiked up the non-paved road side of the loop first, and…

Lone hiker

4/4/21 13:17 Cuyamaca peak trail 14:40 Cuyamaca peak 15:51 Paso picacho campground parking lot  

Cuyamaca Peak

Left from Paso Picacho Campground where we had stayed for the night.  The trail is a paved fire road, but is possible to take Azalea…

Cuyamaca Hike

Saturday is perfect weather day for hiking Cuyamaca Peak.  It’s a 7.7 miles hike with beautiful scenery.  We took longer trail with shades.

Beautiful day

Great hike second time here.  First time we went up the fire road, it was shorter and it was steep with no shade.

Kick your butt Cuyamaca

Doing the hike was intense, especially the last .5 miles. The scenery was awesome. Coming down the fire road was more steep but shorter and…

Cuyamecca

Beautiful weather and panoramic views! Trail conditions were good, not well marked. All Trails kept us on track ????????‍♂️. Wild Turkeys ???? (?) were on…

4.3.21 Fifth Peak

Water Stream on Conejo Trail made today’s hike more enjoyable.

4.3.21 Fifth Peak

Water Stream on Conejo Trail made today’s hike more enjoyable.

Sunrise at cuyamaca

By one of the best hikes that I have done in San Diego county.  Great views and good workout.  Easy trail with a lot of…

Cuyamaca Peak Via Azalea Glen Loop

Great hike. In my opinion, the best views offered by a peak in San Diego. Took the Azalea Trail to Conejos Trail to the top.…

Cuyamaca Peak via Azalea Glen Loop

We took Azalea loop trial to the peak. It was beautiful! There was lots of shade and some patches of snow. There were some muddy…

Cuyamaca Peak

Nice trail, a bit overgrown in some spots.  Patchy snow still left but none on the trail.  Some muddy spots where snow melt was.  Beautiful…

Mt Cuyamaca

Had a great time! Hard for some kids.

Spring Snow Cuyamaca

It snowed a week before our hike, and we were a bit worried about the trail condition as I had seen some photos from the…

Cuyamaca Peak

Hiked with two friends. No dogs allowed here. There were some smal snow patches. Beautiful trail and amazing view from the peak.

Cuyamaca Peak with my girls

Beautiful trail on a beautiful day.  We started our trip on the Azalea Glen Loop Trail, connected to Conejos Trail, then came back down on…

Beware of Falling Ice!

Part of Azalea Glen Loop was a stream because of snow melt. Also huge icicles dropping from 30 feet plus off the pine trees. It…

Remnants of Winter Remain

We started with very chilly (no… cold) temperatures in the 30s. Beautiful crisp and clear day. Beware of chunks of ice and snow falling from…

Cold Early Start in Cuyamaca

Very cold start this morning at Paso Picacho campground.  Several patches of snow on the road and very icy in some spots so go down…

Cuy a MUCK a

Great hike, snow is melting and makes the trail like a stream. Wear waterproof boots. Very little snow left on the trail- really only a…

Perfect Day To Hike Cuyamaca Peak

It was a great day to get outside and hike Cuyamaca Peak.  The sun was shining and the weather was perfect for the hike.  The…

Beautiful views

Had a great hike. Took the Azalea Trail up and came down the fire Road. Trail up was beautiful with lots of running water, some…

The wind is STRONG on Cuyamaca Peak

Arrived at the trail head around 9am and began the hike up the paved fire road near campsite 69.  The entire road is steep and…

Knocking me over

Hike started cold, partly cloudy and windy. We took the fire road up. It was steep and a bit of a grind. The wind was…

Rocky Cuyamaca Peak

Started around 10am and ended around 1pm. Had a nice long break at the top and enjoyed the views with a cold seltzer. Pretty rocky…

Cuyamaca Peak

This was an amazing hike ! I was so happy to still see snow on the trail. The snow melt sis make it tricky for…

#5 Slip and Slide Cuyamaca

This is a great hike. VERY muddy and slippery (icy). You will get to climb up a river over rocks. Very cool Be! Be careful…

#5 Slip and Slide Cuyamaca

This is a great hike. Bring microspikes. The path is muddy and icy. You will climb up a stream with rocks (this is part of…

Cascading Creeks at Cuayamaca Peak

Perfect weather – melting snow created a little creek cascading down the azalea glen trail. Was amazing. Snow on fire road with some icy parts…

Cuyamaca Peak!

It was gorgeous! Going up the trail is the best. Snow was melting and we hiked up a stream! Flowers everywhere!

Cuyamca Peak

Did Volcan Mountain same day a picnicked

Cuyamaca Peak

This was our 2nd peak of the day. The first was Volcan. Cuyamaca was more of a challenge than Volcan, mainly due to the non-stop…

Cuyamaca Peak

Snow covering the fire road in places, but not bad.

Cuyamaca via Azalea Glen Loop

12″-16″ snow covered most of the Azalea Glen Loop and the Conejo Trail making it a slow and deliberate climb. Taking the paved road back…

Snow and Ice Sun and Fun

Snow and ice covered the fire road from the bottom all the way to the summit. Had a wonderful experience hiking this road because the…

Ice and Snow Adventure

Awesome hike in the snow. Difficult because hidden ice patches.  Had a wonderful hike to the top. Couldn’t have been better.

Cuyamaca Peak

I started this hike by parking at Paso Picacho Campground. I arrived at 9am. The sun was shining and the temperature was in the mid…

Cuya-what?

Beautiful start from the parking lot, very much a nature rich walk up. Some small patches of snow littered the path and the surrounding grounds,…

Cuyamaca Peak

Parked in the day use section of Paso Picacho Campground and walked to the trailhead of Lookout Road. The entire path is paved, very easy…

2021 Cuyamaca Peak

First time here… New favorite in the list! You will not even notice that you are already climbing in the most part. Patches of snow…

Cuyamaca Peak

It was a bit chilly in the morning.    Nice trail until the fire road.  A little bit of snow left in the shady parts…

Cuyamaca

Summit # 2 of the 2fer weekend.  Camped at Mount Laguna the night before and it got very very cold! Almost packed up and left…

Minor Mishaps, Great Adventure

Another lessons learned— focus on the road and stop talking so you won’t missed your turn (me talking to myself after the fact). Try to…

Trotting up Cuyamaca

Great hike up Azalea glen trail, some snow in certain areas but nothing to hard. Beautiful hike!

Cayamaca Bound

I got a late start this morning do to a temporary lack of motivation. I got to the trailhead just before 10 am and headed…

Cuyamaca

Clear day beautiful views from the top

From Nice to BRRRR!

#4 Started in Paso Picacho campground and the weather was brisk, but nice. There was incredibly strong wind the night before so we prepared for…

Cuyamaca Peak

We took Azalea Glen Loop Trail. Trail is beautiful and well maintained. Sunny but wind at the top. ついでにStonewall Peakも登ってきた。スリル満点でした〜