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October 16-19, 2014
Cuyamaca Rancho State Park - Fall Retreat
San Diego County
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Cuyamaca Rancho State Park - Fall Retreat
October 16-19, 2014

Lake Ediza

The Place


Cuyamaca Rancho State Park is located approximately 50 miles east of San Diego. The park is part of the Cleveland National Forest. The terrain could be described as ‘desertesque’ with a good amount of vegetation. There are plenty of California native plants from sage to wildflower and oaks to pine trees. From the peak of our selected hikes, you can see the adjacent parks nearby; namely Palomar Mountain to the north and Anza-Borrego Desert to the east (of which we have been to both). On a clear day you can even see Mexico to the south.

Postpile

There are 2 campgrounds at Cuyamaca; we will be staying at Paso Picacho at 5,000 feet elevation. The campground has running water, flush toilets ands pay showers. Our reservations are for campsites 82, 83, 84 & 85. Although this park fell victim to the large historic fire in October of 2003 (the largest in California’s history), it is doing remarkably well with new growth mixed in with the surviving old growth; a truly inspiring sight to see for any recovering person – very symbiotic.

Rainbow Falls

The weather should be nice with average temperatures ranging from the highs of 70 to the lows of 38. Southern California, and particularly San Diego, experiences Santa Ana winds in the Fall. These are quite pleasant warm winds coming off the high deserts. However, they make for precarious conditions during a drought situation. Please keep this in mind when building campfires or smoking cigarettes.

San Joaquin River

Walking the Walk

All hikes leave from our campsite so that you will not have to drive again for the whole weekend (which is nice especially after the long trip to get there). Also worth noting is that Saturday’s hike is dog friendly for those of you who are bringing your four legged friends. Thursday Hike (leg stretcher): Azalea Glen Loop – Level 1, Miles 3, Elevation 550’ Friday Hike (warm up): Stonewall Peak – Level 2.5, Miles 4, Elevation 900’ Saturday Hike (3.5 miles of up): Cuyamaca Peak – Level 3.5, Miles 7, Elevation 1700’

Garnet Lake

Know Before You Go:

Dogs allowed on leash in campground & two hiking trails: Cuyamaca Peak fireroad (Saturdays hike) & Stonewall Mine Road (2 miles round trip) State Park entry fee $6 Camping $10 Campsites: 82, 83, 84, 85 Capacity: 24 comfortably (32 max) RSVP with Anna (408) 806-7675 Weather is often unpredictable – plan to dress in layers

Garnet Lake

Directions:

From San Jose Head South via US-101 to CA-152 East (exit #356 10th St) to I-5 South toward Los Angeles for @ 242 miles. Take exit #161A/I-210 E Pasadena onto Foothill Fwy for @44 miles. Take exit #45/CA-57 S Santa Ana onto Orange Fwy for 4 miles. Take exit #22C/CA-71 Corona onto Chino Valley Fwy for 17 miles. Take ramp onto Riverside Fwy (CA-91 E) for 4.7 miles. Take the I-15/Barstow/San Diego exit onto Corona Fwy (I-15 S) to San Diego for 90 miles. Take exit #6B/I-8 E Mission Valley Fwy (I-8 E) toward El Centro/El Central for 32 miles. Take exit #40/CA-79 Descanso/Japatul Vly Rd turn left onto Japatul Valley Rd (CA-79). Take road into park (I believe it was 8 miles in from I-8) Drive Time: @8-9 hours / Miles @500 (one way)



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