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Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

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Address: 12551 Highway 79, Descanso, CA 91916-9731
Phone Number: +1 760-765-0755
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This park's beautiful pine and oak forests, meadows and streams are unusual...

This park's beautiful pine and oak forests, meadows and streams are unusual in this part of the country.

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Beautiful drive

Couldn't stay long here but long enough to want to go back. Just a beautiful drive we ended up taking from the Salton Sea into San Diego. We even saw some Wild Turkeys running... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 25 August 2016
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Malibu, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

Couldn't stay long here but long enough to want to go back. Just a beautiful drive we ended up taking from the Salton Sea into San Diego. We even saw some Wild Turkeys running around. Great for picnics, hiking and just relaxing. Check it out.

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Oceanside, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016 via mobile

One of the best state parks in San Diego county. We always do Stonewall Peak, which is a fairly easy trail for me. It was more of a challenge for my 6 year old, but he loves sitting at the top and looking out (great panoramic views of the lake and valley area). Also love Cuyamaca Peak, but is a... More 

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Marinette, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2016

Coming from Wisconsin, I always disliked how many people are on the trails immediately around San Diego. I am used to quiet, less-populated hikes and sought a similar experience in California. Although it is about an hour away from San Diego, it was well worth the drive. The drive itself was absolutely stunning, and my fiance and I agreed that... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2016 via mobile

This hike is great and safe for kids! I have been here several times and I enjoy the hike every time! The campground here is fun too! They don't have activities like the Oakzanita camp, but customer service is awesome here too! Park is well taken care of!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016 via mobile

Beautiful campground. Trails everywhere and the hike to Stonewall Peak is worth the climb. If you're a runner or mountain biker this campground does not disappoint. Cold Stream Trail to Vern Whitiker trail. You can get on Cold Stream trail right next to Stonewall Peak trail head. Just across the road from the campground.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2016

The elevation gain is about 1600 feet from the parking lot to the peak. Dogs are ok on leash on the main fire road to the peak. Takes about two hours without frequent rests and about two and a half with plenty of needed stops. At the top, you can literally see for a hundred miles on a clear day.... More 

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2016

Great parf for a SoCal experience that is not Ocean based. If you like to hike you have many options such as Stonewall Peak, Cuyamaca Peak, Lake Cuyamaca, and Stonewall Mine. TIPS: $8 parking fee for day-use parking. Bring binoculars for birding. Bring water and sunscreen.

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Chula Vista, California
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66 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2016 via mobile

We've camped with our RV here many times and we still are amazed that a beautiful forest campsite is available less than an hour from downtown San Diego! The tent and RV sites are $30 a night and all come with a picnic table and fire pit. Lots of space between spots, so you have plenty of privacy. The bathrooms... More 

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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2015

We came for Holiday to San Diego. Did not prepare ahead of time for this climb. (meaning, hat, gloves, shoes or lunch) It was a beautiful day! However, because of the elevation it was drastically cold and windy! The view was breathtaking! We were able to take several photos. But, the wind was harsh at the top and some snow... More 

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Yuma, Arizona
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2015

If you're used to hiking in Colorado, Montana, Utah, Wyoming, this will just be a pleasant little stop. The hike up Stonewall Peak was nice. Not strenuous at all, despite all the switch-backs. The view from the top is nice. I didn't camp here, but the campground looked very nice.

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