Lookout Fire Road Details
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.
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
Local Trail AssociationSan Diego Mountain Biking Association (sdmba.com)
More Stats for Lookout Fire Road mountain bike trail
Altitude change1,613 ft
Altitude min4,874 ft
Altitude start4,874 ft
Altitude end1.2 miles
Distance climb2.7 miles
Distance down328 ft
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