March 4 Wilderness Hike

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Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
Hike starts promptly at 8:45 AM.

Mission Valley carpool, if there is one, departs at 7:50 AM.

Today’s hike is 11 miles and 1100 elevation gain with beautiful views of the mountains, park, grasslands, dense pine forests, and shaded streams. Beginning at the Sweetwater River Bridge  trailhead parking lot in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, we’ll start by hiking Northeast on the Eastside Trail, Owl Trail, Juaquapin Trail to Pine Trail that connects to the Harvey Moore Trail. We’ll pass the Dyar Spring Trail branching off to the left and continue on the Harvey Moore Trail to Granite Spring Campground. After leaving the campground, we’ll hike north back onto the East Mesa and into state wilderness area. Harvey Moore Trail continues to the left at the junction. We’ll hike down rocky switchbacks into the Harper Creek drainage. Once the trail connects to the Eastside Trail, we’ll be hiking back in the flat lush, Sweetwater River Valley to the parking area.  

Pack snack, lunch, poles, sunscreen, and water. The forecast for Wednesday, March 4, 2020 is sunny with high of 60, after a morning low of 45. Make sure you check the Wilderness Hike Section in the bulletin for further info or contact Sherry at (619) 887-0055 or e-mail at [email protected] with questions.

Directions:  Take I-8 East to Highway 79 [exit 40] to the Sweetwater River Bridge parking area at mile 4.8