Ascent of Cuyamaca Peak on 2013-05-26

Climber: Jim Wick

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, May 26, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Cuyamaca Peak
    Elevation:6512 ft / 1984 m

Ascent Trip Report

Started about 7:30am at the Picnic Area Parking Lot just inside the Paso Picacho Campground Day Use Area. The trailhead isn't obvious with the maze of campground roads, so I kept to the left at every turn knowing I would intersect the Lookout Road at some point. Thehike is straight forward up the paved lookout road. it is steep in sections. I used a walking pole mainly to allow me to not stumble/trip while soaking in the views. There are other trails and fire roads that branch off at various points (to be explored another time). Just after the Cherry Flat trail, there is an unmarked trail that leaves to the West which only goes a little bit but there is a nice bench to sit and admire the views (breezy at this location). Continued up to the summit. There was construction going on at the top. Found several survey markers at various points; didn't find a register. Took lots of photos then hiked back down but found the campground access trail which shortened the return distance a bit. Note: there is a $8 day use fee if you park inside the park/campground entrance. Note2: Depending on when you arrive/start, day use permit is self registration as the entrance isn't manned until later. I didn't have exact change but put $10 in the envelope which I was able to get change on the way out.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1662 ft / 506 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1662 ft / 506 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.8 mi / 9.3 km
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1662 ft / 506 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:Lookout Fire Road
    Start Trailhead:Picnic Area Parking Lot at Paso Picacho Campground  4850 ft / 1478 m
    Time:1 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1662 ft / 506 m
    Distance:2.8 mi / 4.5 km
    Route:Lookout Fire Road
    End Trailhead:Picnic Area Parking Lot at Paso Picacho Campground  4850 ft / 1478 m
    Time:45 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Cuyamaca Pk 2013

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Cuyamaca Peak2013-05-261662 ft / 507 m
2Stonewall Peak2013-05-26880 ft / 268 m
Total Trip Gain: 2542 ft / 775 m    Total Trip Loss: 2542 ft / 775 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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