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Cuyamaca Mountains, Julian

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The Cuyamaca Mountains, locally the Cuyamacas, are a mountain range of the Peninsular Ranges System, in San Diego County, southern California. The mountain range runs roughly northwest to southeast. The Laguna Mountains are to the east.GeographyThe range's highest peaks are Cuyamaca Peak at 6512ft, and Stonewall Peak at 5700ft. The San Diego River and the Sweetwater River both have headwaters in the Cuyamacas. The Cuyamaca Reservoir lies adjacent to the east side of the range.Mountains are primarily protected within the Cleveland National Forest. Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, with California oak woodlands habitat, is located in the range.The former mining town of Julian is in the northern section, and the towns of Descanso, Pine Valley and Guatay is in the southern.Interstate 8 passes through the southern part of the Cuyamaca Mountains. California State Route 79, known as the Cuyamaca Highway, runs north–south along the eastern part of the mountains.
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  • Great views of the mountains on the drive to Julian. Pull into the scenic overlook by the wooden cross for a great view.  more »
  • We drove through the area looking for future horseback riding trails and a place to camp. Lots of opportunities and a beautiful area.  more »
  • Just about a 45 Minute Drive out of Downtown San Diego the Cuyamaca Mountains is an easy getaway! The scenic drives and the lake Cuyamaca offers so much to see. Stop by Near by Julian and drive down t...  more »