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Location: San Diego County, about 13 miles south of Julian, 160 miles from Los Angeles
|Auto Club||San Diego County|
|Forest Service||Cleveland National Forest|
|USGS Topo||Cuyamaca Peak 7½|
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Nearby Peaks: Cuyamaca Peak, Stonewall Peak
- 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
- 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.
- 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
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
- 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
- Turn right and follow the trail 0.6 mile up to the summit.