Granite Springs Trail Camp – Cuyamaca moon

East Mesa highpoint, almost to Granite Springs Trail Camp

Summer had just come to an end, but it sure didn’t feel like it. It was sweltering in the lowlands and in the past I’d headed to the hills to get some relief. Since my daughter had a day off on Monday, we decided to go backpacking. We had already backpacked to Arroyo Seco in […]

East Mesa High Point – Peak #57 – Grasslands in Eastern Cuyamaca

East Mesa Fire Road

East Mesa High Point Elevation: 5,178′ Mileage: 8.8 Trailhead Map Once again, I was going to be racing weather. The report said that high winds, coupled with heavy rains and snow at Mount Laguna and Cuyamaca Peak would be unleashed at exactly 5PM. I’d say that would be a motivating factor in getting off the […]

Peak #46 – Sugg Peak, a view into East Mesa in Cuyamaca

Sugg Peak Benchmark

Elevation Gain: 1,205′ Miles: 8.5 Trailhead I was excited to get back to Cuyamaca and excited to be going after a peak that I could see from my hike up to the top of Oakzanita Peak. I am glad that I didn’t attempt this the same day as Oakzanita hike, since the bushwhacking involved would […]

Cuyamaca Peak +3 – Peaks 41-44 – A Traverse and a Loop through Western Cuyamaca

The PD Getting to the top of Cuyamaca Peak

Cuyamaca Peak Elevation: 6,512′ Japacha Peak Elevation: 5,825′ Airplane Ridge Elevation: 5,000′ Arrowmakers Ridge Elevation: 4,740′ Total Mileage: 14.22 miles Getting to Cuyamaca Rancho State Park always takes longer than I think it does. I left the house at 6AM and didn’t get on the trail until 8AM, as I have to take into consideration […]

Body Of Missing Hiker Believed Found Near Stonewall Peak in Cuyamaca

Stairway to Stonewall

A body was found near Stonewall Peak in Cuyamaca today. The body is believed to be that of 52-year-old Joseph Roushar, (who appears to have been a local masseuse via a quick Google search) who went hiking about noon on Friday. His jacket containing his cell phone was found at around 7PM the same day. Rescuers began […]

Stonewall Peak – Peak #25 – A Milestone in the Snow

Deer in Cuyamaca

Elevation: 5,730′ Miles: 4.0 Trailhead I was excited to be on my way to Stonewall Peak, since I was completing my 25th peak, a milestone in my quest for 100 peaks. I was also excited since it lies within Rancho Cuyamaca State Park. The last time I was here to climb Middle Peak, I saw […]

I should have waited to go to Middle Peak

Burning the brush

I ran across this photo on SignOnSanDiego, which is the Union-Tribune. I should have waited for them to do this before I attempted my bushwhack up Middle Peak last month. Firefighters John Reynolds (left) and Shannon Johnson with CalFire start a controlled burn in a wash on the north side of Middle Peak. The 70-acre […]

Middle Peak – Peak #20

Turkeys in Green Valley

Middle Peak Elevation: 5,883′ Miles: 6 Trailhead Agency: Cuyamaca Rancho State Park This is another hike where I was fortunate enough to have someone come along with me. The PD was eager to do a little hiking since he’s been addicted to mountain biking for the last couple of years. The days have been still […]