5 miles
Distance
892 ft
Climb
-1,110 ft
Descent
00:53:46
Avg time

Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
    descanso, California
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Mixed
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #86335 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    10 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Land Manager
    Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

Middle Peak is situated between North Peak and Cuyamaca Peak, hence its name. It is located in the Cuyamaca Rancho State Park. There are many existing roads and trails leading to the summit of this mountain. The final 200 feet require a fair amount of bushwhacking if you wish to reach the actual summit.

This view from the top of this mountain is unremarkable due to the amount of trees and brush. This area was devastated by the 2003 fires and is still recovering. Most of the large trees along the trail were completely burned.

Access Info

From the North
-Go east on SR 78 through Escondido to the junction with SR 79 just past the town of Julian. Turn right (south) on SR 79.
-Go south on SR 79 for 9 miles to the Cuyamaca Dam.
-Continue 1.1 miles to a road on the right side (west) with a sign "Camp Hual-Cu-Cuish". Park on the left (east) side of the highway.

From the South
-Go north on 79 to a road on the right side (west) with a sign "Camp Hual-Cu-Cuish". Park on the left (east) side of the highway.

More Stats for Middle Peak Fire Road bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -219 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,738 ft
  • Altitude max
    5,720 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,956 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,738 ft
  • Grade
    -0.798%
  • Grade max
    -22.37%
  • Grade min
    19.282%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    874 ft
  • Avg time
    00:53:46
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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 Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
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  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
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      Middle Peak Fire... Trail Reports

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      Sep 29, 2019 @ 9:13am
      Sep 29, 2019
      Clockwise the lower portion has not been maintained
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 1 rides
      • 16 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 4 rides
      • 19 miles avg distance
      All
      • 2 rides
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      1 Review & Comments

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      flag Rsysol (Sep 10, 2019 at 20:22)
       Back side of Middle Peak is in very poor shape, overgrown and very rocky. Not a fun ride anymore.
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