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Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

12551 Highway 79, Descanso, CA 91916-9731
+1 760-765-0755
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Wonderful hike. Paved trail for hiking with the dog!

Distance round trip: ~ 6 miles Time: ~ 3 hours Difficulty: Easy. Paved trail. Constant incline... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Cecilia S
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San Francisco, California
Love It!!! Hiking, Birding, Fishing, Boating

Take a day or two to enjoy this Southern California gem hidden in Highway 79 in the county of San... read more

Reviewed 19 May 2017
Gentry S
via mobile
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This park's beautiful pine and oak forests, meadows and streams are unusual in this part of the country.
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  • Very good43%
  • Average9%
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12551 Highway 79, Descanso, CA 91916-9731
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Distance round trip: ~ 6 miles Time: ~ 3 hours Difficulty: Easy. Paved trail. Constant incline. Not a lot of shade. We took the paved emergency vehicle trail up to the top of Cuyamaca Peak. It's the only trail that allows puppies, so it was...More

Thank Cecilia S
Reviewed 19 May 2017 via mobile

Take a day or two to enjoy this Southern California gem hidden in Highway 79 in the county of San Diego. Tent, RV, Trailer or Cabin stay. Enjoy Fishing and Boating at Lake Cuyamaca, as well as Birding, Hiking or just hang out with friends...More

Thank Gentry S
Reviewed 8 May 2017 via mobile

We stayed at the paso picharo campground with our little puppy (site 72!) and we were able to hop right on the Lookout Fire road all the way to the top.

Thank Laura G
Reviewed 26 April 2017

We first stopped in the visitor center. good map with all needed information is available. We drove through the park admiring the beautiful scenery. We stopped at the parking lot and campground by the route 79 -Paso Picacho. We paid a fee of $10 for...More

1  Thank podrozniczka60
Reviewed 4 April 2017 via mobile

My husband and I were visiting our son and his family in San Diego county. When we visit them we always take at least one day to ourselves to do something We want to do. This trip we went to this park and Julian. They...More

Thank Charlotte H
Reviewed 15 December 2016

My wife and I have been up to Cuyamaca Ranco a couple of times in the last few weeks hiking various trails before it gets too cold when winter sets in. There are miles of great hikes that are relatively uncrowded. On two different hikes...More

Thank ccrowe3
Reviewed 12 December 2016

We (my son, his girlfriend, and I) spent the past weekend at the park. I booked a cabin (Live Oak) about a month before our visit. The cabin was primitive (wood burning stove, full bunks and thats all). I called ahead to let the park...More

1  Thank Michan C
Reviewed 26 August 2016

Couldn't stay long here but long enough to want to go back. Just a beautiful drive we ended up taking from the Salton Sea into San Diego. We even saw some Wild Turkeys running around. Great for picnics, hiking and just relaxing. Check it out.

1  Thank kcslatts
Reviewed 7 July 2016 via mobile

One of the best state parks in San Diego county. We always do Stonewall Peak, which is a fairly easy trail for me. It was more of a challenge for my 6 year old, but he loves sitting at the top and looking out (great...More

Thank cmingstad
Reviewed 3 June 2016

Coming from Wisconsin, I always disliked how many people are on the trails immediately around San Diego. I am used to quiet, less-populated hikes and sought a similar experience in California. Although it is about an hour away from San Diego, it was well worth...More

1  Thank dmcnn
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