Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, Descanso

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#278 of 528 in Nature in California
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  • We take our kids here every year. Great location, not overcrowded, and only a couple hours away. Once you set up camp, lots of hiking and activity options. Clean restrooms too. And pay showers!!  more »
  • Tranquel and serene place to visit and stay the night. Also has great apple pie at the lodge. See the sunrise from north peak and cabin rentals  more »
  • Stayed at Los Vaqueros group camp. Clean, nice facilities, and beautiful riding. Can't wait to go back.  more »
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  • One of my favorite hiking areas. Pines and oaks in some areas but significant damage from the 2003 Cedar Fire. Cuyamaca peak has a limited view and beware of the wind on the west side. It is consistently blowing at 20+ mph and much more during weather. It's no joke. Stonewall Peak is my favorite. On a clear day you can see the desert and the ocean. You can even see the Salton Sea. The peak is fenced at the top and places you on 200 foot ledges. Not for small children.
  • Probably nice, but I haven't done any hiking here, because they don't allow dogs on their trails, not even on a leash. If you have a dog, go to nearby Cleveland National Forest. The Laguna Mountain Recreation Area has many and varied trails, all allowing leashed dogs. Of course, like anywhere, you should make use of poop bags and carry them out.
  • Park staff was wonderful and it only cost $10 to park all day and included access to both Stonewall peak and Cuyamaca mountain. Awesome trail, no trash anywhere. It's pretty well maintained trail all the way up. Absolutely worth the drive for a beautiful day.
  • I loved it here. Hiked the only trail where dogs are allowed. Took a 70lb pack and as we ascended, clouds came over the mountain top. It was incredibly surreal
  • Awesome hiking spot. The lake is meh, but the other campgrounds and hikes are beautiful. Also amazing for mountain biking and horse back riding.
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