5730' Stonewall Peak is just east of 6512' Cuyamaca Peak (San Diego County's 2nd highest mountain). Stonewall's angular summit of white granite is a conspicuous landmark throughout the area. Its unique position and steep, south exposure provide a spectacular 360 degree view from the top. From there you'll see the Cuyamaca massif to the west, the Laguna mountains to the east, Mt. Palomar to the north, along with the nearby Cuyamaca Reservoir. Swallows, swifts, ravens, hawks, and even bald eagles may cruise by. Three years ago on a hike there, we even spotted several hang gliders riding the currents, too.
Hike distance will be about 4.5-5 miles, with a total elevation gain/loss of 850'. The hike will take about 3 1/2 hrs. roundtrip, plus breaktimes. For more detailed info. on the area, refer to "Afoot and Afield in San Diego County" by J.Schad, 1998 Edition, Area M-7: Cuyamaca Mountains, Trip 8, pp.180-181.
We'll park at the Stonewall Mine, just off Highway 79, which winds north/south thru the State Park. (There is now a $4 parking fee at the Stonewall Mine.) About 10:45-11 am, after browsing around the mine site and checking out the info. kiosk near the parking area, we'll head out down the road and across the meadows. Our alternate approach to Stonewall Peak will be from the northeast side, then our descent will lead down the steep switchback trail on the southwest side, to the highway below. We'll hike thru the forest around the base of the peak, then back up the access road to the parking area to complete the hike.
One of our members is offering to host an overnite sleepover at his cabin on nearby Mt. Laguna the Saturday night before the hike. Details will be emailed to members. Please RSVP to him ASAP if you would like to sleep over there before the hike the next day.
Below is a collection of shots from our hike to Stonewall Peak in May of 2000: