Cuyamaca Peak

Liebster Award Nomination

Standing at 6512 feet, Cuyamaca Peak holds the top spot on the Sierra Club’s 100 Peaks of San Diego County list, and is officially the second highest point in the county. During the winter, Cuyamaca is one of the few places in San Diego that’s almost guaranteed to get snow. The hike along the paved Lookout Road to the summit isn’t that noteworthy, but the panoramic views from the summit are better than any you’ll find in the county.

Cuyamaca Peak trail info.

  • Distance: 6 miles (round trip)
  • Hiking time: 3 hours
  • Type: Out and back
  • Elevation gain: 1700’
  • Difficulty: 6/10 (elevation gain)
  • Elevation: 6512’
  • Rank on 100 peaks list: 1/100
  • Usage: Hiking, Mountain biking, Camping, Dogs allowed
  • When to go: Spring, Fall, Winter
  • Permits Required: Day use fee ($8.00)
  • Agency: Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

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Robb Keele

Robb Keele

Robb is a native San Diegan and avid hiker, backpacker, picture taker and 52 Hike Challenger. He created Getgo Outdoors with the goal of giving back to the outdoor community and inspiring others to get outdoors.
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