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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 directly adjacent to the east, with Palomar Mountain and Hot Springs Mountain more distant to the north.Most of the range consists of extensive oak forest and chaparral, part of the California montane chaparral and woodlands ecoregion, interspersed with pine forests and lush riparian zones, featuring year round creeks and waterfalls. The San Diego River and Sweetwater River both have their headwaters in these mountains, which flow over 50 miles to the ocean. The pine forests were extensively burned by the 2003 Cedar Fire, along with many large areas of chaparral and oak woodland, which has since experienced slow and steady regrowth.The high elevation results in snowfall throughout the winter months. Cuyamaca Peak, at 6,512 feet, is San Diego County's second highest, after Hot Springs Peak.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.
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  • Hike, Drive, camp....just see the area. Unwind while you wind around the road towards Julian. You can't go wrong.  more »
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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 »
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