Ascent of Cuyamaca Peak on 2015-09-30
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Wednesday, September 30, 2015|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||6512 ft / 1984 m|
Ascent Trip ReportWarm day with bug swarms. Started hike around 10:05 am from day-use parking area in Paso Picacho Campground, which was virtually empty. Very unclear how to get to the Old Fire Lookout Road - no signs. I walked up through campground heading towards the SW corner and saw the old fire lookout road behind the "cedar" cabin. A couple of lady campers gave me a map (thank you), as the entrance station was closed I couldn't pick up a brochure/map. Very non-descript hike along steep but direct Old Fire Lookout Road. Some evergreen trees survived 2003 fire near summit - nice relief and shady too. Reached summit at about 11:12 hr; and back to the car park at 12:23 pm. Not a summit I would hike again but views looking east were spectacular. Met one hiker on the way up; 4 on the way down.
Cuyamaca from Hwy 79 (2015-09-30). Photo by Joseph Hirniak.
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|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||1642 ft / 500 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||5.8 mi / 9.3 km|
| Route:||Old Fire Lookout Road|
| Trailhead:||Paso Pichaco CG 4870 ft / 1484 m|
| Quality:||3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Nights Spent:||0 nights away from roads|
| Weather:||Hot, Calm, Clear|
warm but not hot/slight breeze at summit
| Time:||0 Days 1 Hours 8 Minutes|
| Time:||1 Hours 0 Minutes|
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