Stonewall Peak Trail Campground
With plenty of hiking trails to choose from it’s sometimes easy to continuously do the same one over and over. This time however I decided to take a drive out to the Julian / Lake Cuyamaca area and hike Stonewall Peak Trail. The best place to park for this adventure is at Paso Picacho Campground which is conviently located across the street from the trailhead (parking is $8 per vehicle) http://goo.gl/maps/59ZAi
Stonewall Peak Trails
Be careful crossing the busy Hwy 79 en route to the trailhead, which is clearly visible from the road. The hike itself offers great trails built for those looking to leisurely hike or those gnarly athletic adventurers who may want to run up. I would rate this hike as moderate to light difficult depending on hiking level. There were plenty of hikers along the way including kids and some mothers carrying their children (all-stars).
Stonewall Peak Summit
Be sure to keep right at the forehead in the trail as the summit is very close. The hike itself is 4 miles round trip and offers incredible 360 degree panoramic views at the top. My GPS tracked me at a max elevation of 5,725 feet with a total of 849 feet of elevation gain. Enjoy the views from above (sunrise hwy, lake cuyamaca, mexico and more) and you will probably even run into some rock climbers.
Camping, cabins and picnic areas are available at Paso Picacho Campground. Make a day out of your visit to the Cuyamaca mountains and reward yourself with a slice of apple pie in Julian.