Ascent of Cuyamaca Peak on 2018-03-31
|Others in Party:||Janet Kohrman|
|Date:||Saturday, March 31, 2018|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||6512 ft / 1984 m|
Ascent Trip ReportTrailhead starts at the Paso Picacho Campground in the Rancho Cuyamaca State Park. Entrance fee is $10, $9 for seniors. Annual passes are available. There is no street parking available in the vicinity. There are flush toilets and picnic tables near the parking lot. Weather was overcast and breezy but not threatening. I was accompanied by Janet Kohrman.
From the parking lot, we found our way to the road that services the antennas and towers on the top of the peak. The paved surface extends to the top, with occasional wear from erosion. From the road, there are overlooks with excellent views of Stonewall Peak and Cuyamaca Lake. There formerly was a memorial bench on by the road, decimated to a woman who was killed by a mountain lion some years back. The terrain is still marked by the 2003 Cedar Fire. Recovery operations are still in progress and you can see trees that have been planted since the fire. As you approach the peak, the "crown" still has trees that pre-date the fire. I presume that firefighters made a stand near the peak to protect the antennas and towers. The peak is occupied by may antennas, towers, and the buildings that support them. The old fire tower is long gone, but there is evidence of the old foundations. There is an engineering benchmark when you reach that point. From the top, I had a panoramic view that stretched from Mexico in the south to San Gorgonio in the north. Visibility did not include the coast, but Cajon Mountain, Cowles, Woodson, and Iron Mountain were in plain view. Cuyamaca is a popular site and there were about 20 people on the peak, including a Boy Scout Troop, and a couple of foreign visitors.
Trip down was swift and uneventful.
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