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32G

Oakzanita Peak

5054'

Location: San Diego County, about 13 miles south of Julian, 160 miles from Los Angeles

Maps

Auto ClubSan Diego County
Forest ServiceCleveland National Forest
USGS TopoCuyamaca Peak 7½
Official HPS Maps TPO file - Save to your computer then open with National Geographic TOPO!
 Viewable JPG file - Approximately 640K
 GPX file or Google Earth KML file to download to GPS units and other map software (How to use GPX and KML files)
 Routes as shown on CalTopo using the above files (How to use CalTopo)

Nearby Peaks: Cuyamaca Peak, Stonewall Peak

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 1

Distance: 5.5 miles round trip on road and trail
Gain: 1000'
Time: 2-2 1/2 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, easy
Navigation: Easy

Original: Carleton Shay, April 1997

DRIVING ROUTE 1

(Northern approach)

  • Take I-5 south to SR 78 in San Diego County.
  • Go east on SR 78 through Escondido to the junction with SR 79 just past the town of Julian. Turn right (south) on SR 79.
  • Go south on SR 79 for 9 miles to the Cuyamaca Dam.
  • Continue 2.7 miles to the entrance to Paso Picacho Park on the right.
  • Continue 5.6 miles further (mile marker 4) to a gated dirt road on the left side. Park on the left just before this road.

(Southern approach)

  • The drive is longer, but generally quicker by taking SR 79 north from I-8 via San Diego.

HIKING ROUTE 1

  • From the parking area (4020'), hike a few yards south to a gate. Pass the gate and hike up the road about 0.5 mile past the signed "Lower Descanso" trail, to a trail on the right with a sign "Upper Descanso" trail. Follow this trail 0.1 mile to an unsigned fork at a stream crossing.
  • Keeping left at this fork, continue on the trail (dense poison oak) another 1.5 miles to a saddle with a fork and a sign "Oakzanita Peak".
  • Turn right and follow the trail 0.6 mile up to the summit.

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 2

Distance: 8 miles round trip on road and trail
Gain: 1000'
Time: 3-4 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, easy
Navigation: Easy

Original: Warren E. von Pertz, January 1968

DRIVING ROUTE 2

(Northern approach)

  • Take I-5 south to SR 78 in San Diego County.
  • Go east on SR 78 through Escondido to the junction with SR 79 just past the town of Julian. Turn right (south) on SR 79.
  • Go south on SR 79 for 9 miles to the Cuyamaca Dam.
  • Continue 2.7 miles to the entrance to Paso Picacho Park on the right.
  • Continue 5.6 miles further (mile marker 4) to a gated dirt road on the left side. Park on the left just before this road.

(Southern approach)

  • The drive is longer, but generally quicker by taking SR 79 north from I-8 via San Diego.

HIKING ROUTE 2

  • From the parking area (4020'), pass the gate and hike up the road, passing the trail mentioned in Route 1, about 2 1/2 miles to a saddle where there is a junction at 4870' with a post reading "Oakzanita Peak 1.2".
  • Turn right (west) and continue about 1/4 mile where you keep right at a fork.
  • Follow the road about 1/2 mile farther down into a shallow valley. The peak is visible off to the right.
  • Continue on the road to where it ends on the ridge coming down south from the peak.
  • Turn right and follow a use trail up to the summit.

NOTES

Oakzanita Peak lies within the Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.

The Diegueno Indians originally inhabited this area. Visit the Park Indian Museum, located 1 1/4 miles north on SR 79.

History of Summit Signature

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