Ascent of Cuyamaca Peak on 2018-03-31

Climber: Jeffrey Swain

Others in Party:Janet Kohrman
Date:Saturday, March 31, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Cuyamaca Peak
    Elevation:6512 ft / 1984 m

Ascent Trip Report

Trailhead 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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Microwave Tower on Cuyamaca Peak (2018-03-31). Photo by Jeffrey Swain.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1543 ft / 470 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1543 ft / 470 m
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Breezy
Breezy and overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1543 ft / 470 m
    Route:Service Road
    Start Trailhead:Paso Picacho Campground  4969 ft / 1514 m
    Time:2 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1543 ft / 470 m
    Distance:2.9 mi / 4.6 km
    Route:Service Road
    End Trailhead:Paso Picacho Campground  4969 ft / 1514 m
    Time:2 Hours 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Jeffrey Swain
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