Anza-Borrego Desert: Stonewall Peak loop
|7 mile (round trip) - 3 Hour, 30 minutes (round trip). Easy/Moderate.
|4550 - 5580 feet
|All car, see below.
This is a loop hike up to the well traveled Stonewall Peak.
The route is marked and somewhat maintained.
It might be wise to avoid the first 50 yards or so of the often wet trail, by walking next to the road.
Hike the Marty Minshall trail, turn right on the Los Caballos trail next take the Los Vaqueros trail.
Exit on the right following the California Riding and Hiking trail uphill, take a left turn on the StoneWall Peak Trail.
This trail runs all the way to the top. Disregard a faint road to the right and the trail leading uphill from the right.
The actual peak, a bunch of boulders is visible from afar. Scramble up the flat boulders or take the stairs.
The peak is a very popular destination and can be busy even on a weekday.
Going back on the east side is much less direct, the trail keeps winding, is rough with plenty of rocks.
Once down take the Cold Stream Trail, continue on the California Riding and Hiking trail to the right, completing the loop on the Los Caballos trail.
How to get here:
Start at free Trout Pond parking close to Cuyamaca Rancho State Park along the 79.
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