Ascent of Stonewall Peak on 2020-12-19

Climber: Jeffrey Swain

Others in Party:Susan Stenstadvold Chapman
Date:Saturday, December 19, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Stonewall Peak
    Elevation:5730 ft / 1746 m

Ascent Trip Report

Trailhead is at Paso Picacho Campground in the Cuyamaca Rancho State Park in San Diego County. Parking fee for day use is $9.00. Park no longer sells seasonal passes. You must buy them at headquarters in Old Town or on line. Stonewall Peak trail is directly across the street, well marked, and well maintained.

Climb is a nifty little scamper. It was a bright and sunny day, so the views were spectacular, particularly Cuyamaca Peak and Lake Cuyamaca. If you squint, you can the the Palomar Observatory to the north.

Trip down was a slightly different matter. We went in search of Little Stonewall Peak. This meant hiking down the backside of the mountain until we reached the saddle. Given the late hour, we decided to save Little Stonewall for another day. However, we chose to continue our descent down to the flats, which meant going about 3.9 miles out of our way. Trail down was very rocky with a few fallen trees blocking the trail. We followed the California Riding and Hiking Trail which, again, took us on a circuitous route around the backside of Paso Picacho. We eventually reached the parking lot and returned home.

I'm happy to report that Dudley's Bakery was open, but there was no sit-down food service. Julian Pies was selling whole pies out the windows. There were lines in both places.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:964 ft / 293 m
    Total Elevation Loss:964 ft / 293 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.7 mi / 9.2 km
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Clear
Crisph, clear, fall day
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:964 ft / 293 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:Stonewall Peak Trail
    Start Trailhead:Paso Picacho Campground  4766 ft / 1452 m
    Time:1 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:964 ft / 293 m
    Distance:3.7 mi / 5.9 km
    Route:Stonewall Trail and Calif. Riding & Hiking Trail
    End Trailhead:Paso Picacho Campground  4766 ft / 1452 m
    Time:2 Hours 35 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Jeffrey Swain
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