Peak Name: Middle Peak
Distance: 5.8 miles
Date: October 1, 2017
Summit: 5,883 feet
This was the first of a three-peak day. I arrived at the trailhead just as the sun was beginning to rise.
As I followed the fire road up toward the peak, I spotted several deer enjoying some meadow grasses.
Once covered in pine and oak trees, Middle Peak, like the rest of Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, was hit hard by the 2003 Cedar Fire. As the summit loomed, the lack of trees did offer some sweeping views. With the trees gone, much of the mountain is now covered in ceanothus, and the charred remains of blackened trees line the slopes. Near the summit, I began looking for any routes through the thickets to the true summit. I worked my way partially toward the summit but eventually decided to call it.
In part, I knew there was no view to be had, and I had two more summits planned for the day and began back down the fire road to the car.