2.8 miles
Distance
1,624 ft
Climb
-12 ft
Descent
1.2 miles
High Point

Lookout Fire Road Details

  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Trail type
    Paved Path
  • Bike type
    XC, RD
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Global Ranking
  • Land Manager
    CALIFORNIA STATE PARKS

The Lookout Fire Road, which leads from Paso Picacho campground to Cuyamaca’s summit, also has the rare distinction of being one of the few hikes in the park where dogs are allowed. It’s certainly not the easiest climb in the county at 1700 feet, and the route his hot and exposed during the summer. Cuyamaca Peak is the second highest peak in San Diego County, topping out at 6512 feet. It’s distinctive shape, like a cresting wave, is a familiar landmark that can be seen from atop many of the peaks throughout San Diego. Add in the fact that its extremely easy to get to, and has a convenient paved road leading to the top, and you have a must-do trek for any serious hiker in San Diego.

Access Info

Take I-8 East to the CA-79 N/Japatul Valley Road exit. Turn left and follow 79 north (towards Julian). After 2.7 miles, there is a sharp left to stay on 79 – make sure not to miss this turn (follow signs for 79 and Cuyamaca Rancho State Park). Continue on 79 for about 9 more miles to Paso Picacho campground on the left. Pay the parking fee at the kiosk and park in the Day Use parking on the right. map

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More Stats for Lookout Fire Road mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    1,613 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,874 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,874 ft
  • Altitude end
    1.2 miles
  • Grade
    11.022%
  • Grade max
    -11.499%
  • Grade min
    25.657%
  • Distance climb
    2.7 miles
  • Distance down
    328 ft
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May 23, 2016 @ 5:27pm
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Lookout Fire Road, descanso
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May 23, 2016 @ 5:27pm
May 23, 2016
Lookout Fire Road, descanso
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May 23, 2016 @ 5:27pm
May 23, 2016
Lookout Fire Road, descanso
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May 23, 2016 @ 5:27pm
May 23, 2016
Lookout Fire Road, descanso

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