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

Lookout Fire Road Details

  • Riding Area
    Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
    descanso, California
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Paved Path
  • Bike Type
    XC, RD
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Global Ranking
    #47551 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    5 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • 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

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Lookout Fire Road bike trail
  • Altitude change
    1,613 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,874 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,874 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,487 ft
  • Grade
    11.022%
  • Grade max
    -11.499%
  • Grade min
    25.657%
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    328 ft
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  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
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  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Camping Camping
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      Lookout Fire Road, descanso

      1 Review & Comments

      • + 0
      flag Tj90 (Nov 25, 2017 at 16:27)
       The park service has a big section ripped ip witj broken branches everwhere. Its rideable but limits your speed and may cut up your tires.
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