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Ascent of Cuyamaca Peak on 2006-02-26

Climber: Brian Brigham

Others in Party:Lindsey
Date:Sunday, February 26, 2006
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cuyamaca Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:6512 ft / 1984 m

Ascent Trip Report

The scenery in this hike is pretty bland until you reach the summit. Trees block your views all the way up the fire road. What really made this hike more interesting and picturesque was the snow cover that blanketed the trail and mountainside from 6000 ft to the summit. The snow was never more than 6 inches thick but it made a world of difference in this otherwise boring hike. We saw dozens of mountain lion footprints as well as many bird/rodent footprints. On the way down we cut through the Fern Flat road and Azalea Glen trails in attempt to find some more interesting scenery as well as to add some mileage to the otherwise short hike. We were well rewarded with about ? mile late afternoon walk down a small broke that had many trees untouched by the fire. Along the way we also saw several rocks that had Indian-made Morteros possibly used for grinding corn.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1650 ft / 503 m
    Distance:7.4 mi / 11.9 km
    Route:Lookout road (fire road) > Fern Flat Fire Road > A
    Trailhead:Paso Picacho Campground  4862 ft / 1481 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:1 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:1 Hours 



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