Cuyamaca Peak Night Hike

I had so much fun during the night photo outing to Mount Laguna, I wanted to get out again for more night photos. Alex and I had hiked Cuyamaca Peak a couple of times before already so we drove out in the late afternoon on Friday. Except for the steepness of the paved fire road that leads up there it is not a difficult hike, but traffic was worse than we had expected so we were just a little bit too late to catch the sunset from the peak.

We photographed what we could see of the sunset from the east-facing side of the mountain. It wasn’t ideal but the many huge Goldenbushes that were in bloom along the trail made it very beautiful, nevertheless.

For the night photos, my idea was to be up high to capture both the stars after the sun had set, and the lights of the urban areas at the coast below. Unfortunately, the marine layer squashed this idea pretty much – after sunset, the clouds were moving in over the coast, and a haze had spread over the inland areas as well.

The wind was surprisingly cold at the peak as well so we began to hike back down and I made some photos of the trees that fell victim to the big wildfire that ravaged the area in 2003. We light-painted the pale snags against the star-filled sky.


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