My first hike to Cuyamaca Peak, via the old Fire Road from the Paso Picacho campground. The road is still mostly pavement (crumbling and deteriorating in some spots), the elevation change is ~1600 feet/500m. Cuyamaca Peak is just not the highest peak in San Diego County – Hot Springs Mountain in the Los Coyotes Indian Reservation near Warner Springs is slightly higher.
It was sunny when I hiked up but since the hike starts to the east of the peak, I didn’t see what was waiting for me when I reached the spot high above the campground that offers the first views to the west – marine stratus clouds were slowly rolling in, pulling an impenetrable veil over the landscape below me. The vapor rolled onto the west-facing slopes of Cuyamaca Mountains like gentle waves in slow motion. It was very beautiful!
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