Wednesday Wilderness Standard Hike

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Wednesday Wilderness Standard Hike, January 26, 2022

“Birthday Hike:”

East Mesa Trailhead to East Side Trail to Green Valley Campground, Pine Ridge Trail, California Hiking and Riding Trail, Saddleback Trail, Sweetwater Trail, South Boundary Fire Road, Falls Fire Road, and back to Green Valley and East Side Trail to East Mesa Trailhead.

10 miles, 2.5 pace, elevation gain 1100 ft. 2 stream crossings. Optional visit to Green Valley Falls.

9 AM start time. Mission Valley carpool leaves at 8 AM. Be prepared to drive yourself if there are no other carpoolers.

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

This Wednesday’s hike is 10 miles and 1100 feet of elevation, in Cuyamaca State Park. We begin at the East Mesa Trailhead, walking under a mile on the East Side Trail to the (closed) Green Valley Campground where we pick up the Pine Ridge Trail for a westerly uphill hike of about 2 miles with great hilltop views. Then, turning south, and descending, we enjoy the grasslands and oak forests of the California Hiking and Riding trail, making a u-turn north on the Sweetwater trail, for a total of 3 miles. We make a creek crossing at the beginning and end of the Sweetwater trail, so you may want to bring a pole or two. Then we connect to the Falls Fire Road via the South Boundary Fire Road where we will stop for lunch at about 7 miles.You may visit the Falls briefly as we travel up the Falls Fire Road if you wish. Then we exit Green Valley Campground and trek back to the cars on the East Side Trail. A map photo of the hike is attached.

Pack lunch, snack, and water. Forecast is for a high in the mid-50’s.

First time hikers must contact a leader (below) before joining the hike. Make sure you review our information in the Wilderness section of the newsletter.

Directions: From I-8 East, take CA 79 North to Cuyamaca State Park. The East Mesa Trailhead is on the right, 0.4 miles from the south boundary of the park. It is the trailhead parking area after the Oaksanita Trailhead, which you will see on the right as you enter the park.

Leaders:             Scott Opis, 202-257-2833, [email protected]

                           Andy Allen, 5015294997-529-4997, [email protected]