Hello everyone! This is a friendly reminder that any of these fun places we may visit, we are a guest at. Please treat both businesses and trails with the utmost respect. We here at Hidden San Diego follow the 'Leave no Trace' mantra, meaning whatever you bring with you comes back with you. If you see trash on a trail, please do your part to help remove it. Remember, we are not picking up trash from another person but instead cleaning up for Mother Nature. Happy adventures!

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13650 CA-79
Julian, CA 92036

Trailhead: 32.958666, -116.579444   Peak: 32.947188, -116.606455

Phone: (760) 765-3020

Dog-Friendly: Yes    Kid-Friendly: Yes

Hike: 6 miles out and back    Level: Moderately Difficult


Make sure to check out our list of all hidden gems in Cuyamaca!

About Cuyamaca Peak

Cuyamaca Peak is the second highest peak in San Diego County (and only 20 feet lower than the highest peak, Hot Springs Mountain at the Los Coyotes Indian Reservation) at 6,512 ft. elevation.

With a moderate climb up hill, be ready to be greeted with stunning views at the top! On a clear day you can see Mexico, the Coronado Islands, mountains in Arizona as well as views all the way to the San Bernardino Mountains!

While you’re in the area, make sure to visit Monument Peak nearby!

Since Cuyamaca Peak is a dog-friendly hike, the trail is paved.  The no-dog hikes in Cuyamaca are mostly are dirt trails.  The trailhead begins at the day-use parking lot, past campsite #69.

Look for the ‘Lookout Fire rd.’ sign and follow the paved path to the top! Evidence of the 2003 wildfire was still everywhere when we visited in early 2018, but as nature works, it is slowly making a comeback.

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This is definitely a great place to meditate for awhile and just take in the breath-taking beauty.

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