Wednesday Walkabout Wilderness Standard Hike

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Wednesday Walkabout Wilderness Standard Hike, May 11, 2022

“Harvey Moore Loop”

10 miles, 2.5 pace, Elevation gain 1200 ft., 9:00AM start time

In 1988 the LA Times described Cuyamaca’s Harvey Moore trail as “a tour of the park’s life zones: rolling chaparral, manzanita groves, oak woodlands, grass prairies, lush meadowland…Traveling the Harvey Moore Trail is like walking through a living ecology guide.” While the 2003 fire involved 90% of the park, and those scars are clearly visible, the description remains apt.

Harvey Moore was the ranch foreman who worked the Cuyamaca Rancho for the Dyars, who later sold the current parkland to the state in 1933 with the proviso that Harvey Moore become the first Superintendent of the park.

We will meet at the Park Visitor Center, in the first parking area on the right as you come in the driveway. The Visitor Center is on SR79 just after the Meadow trailhead. You will need your newly acquired country park pass for this lot.

We will start on Cold Spring trail south to Juaquapin trail, then to Pine trail, and then we will join the Harvey Moore Trail going east to the eastern edge of the park and then north and west along the Sweetwater River gorge and back to the Visitor Center. The first half of the hike is mostly uphill, and the second half is mostly downhill. Last week there were abundant wild flowers, and the views of the gorge were beautiful.

Mission Valley carpool: if there is one, departs at 8:00 AM

You must be fully COVID vaccinated to come on this hike.

Pack snack, lunch, and water. Forecast is sunny with a high of 55 after an overnight low of 33. It will likely be windy.

Make sure that you review our information in the wilderness section of the

Hike leaders: 

Scott Opis   202.257.2833 [email protected]

Andy Allen 501.529.4997
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