Stonewall Peak

Since I had the day off, I thought I would head out to Cuyamaca State Park and try to summit two peaks, the first peak of the day was Stonewall Peak. I parked in the day-use lot, after paying my $10 fee, headed across the 79, and began working my way up. 

I started with Stonewall first since I knew I would have some shade for a nice portion of the ascent. The trail worked its way back and forward toward the summit. This is a popular peak, so I also wanted to try to avoid crowds as well.

The summit’s final section came into view, reminding me of Moro Rock in Sequoia. I had the granite summit to myself for a bit and soaked in the sweeping views. I picked out the various peaks that I have summited.

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Soon I was joined by three other hikers. We chatted a bit and then left them to enjoy the summit by themselves.

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Cuyamaca, Middle and North Peaks
Cuyamaca, Middle and North Peaks
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Looking out to the east

As I quickly descended, I encountered more and more hikers making their way to the summit.

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Stonewall Peak

Back at the car I had a quick snack and got ready to hike up Middle Peak. This was was the 46th peak on my 100 Peak Challenge!


I am an avid peak bagger, sometimes backpacker, and former sea-kayaker living in San Diego. In 2019, I became the third person to complete the San Diego 100 Peak Challenge. Not stopping with that accomplishment, I set my sights on the harder San Diego Sierra Club 100 Peak list, which I completed in 2021. In addition, I have conquered several Six-Pack of Peaks challenges (SoCal, San Diego, and Arizona-Winter). Beyond attempting the San Diego Sierra Club 100 Peak list a second time, I am looking forward to exploring new summits and new adventures across the southwest. 

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