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.
Mid-November hike to Cuyamaca Peak for sunset. All of the once beautiful forest on the east-facing slopes of Rancho Cuyamaca State Park burned in the 2003 “Cedar Fire” and the old trees were all destroyed. The area is slowly recovering since, but it will take many more years until the forest will return to its previous splendor – if ever.