Cuyamaca Peak Night Hike

Sunset at Cuyamaca

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.

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Palomar Mountain Loop Hike

Alex and I went for a Saturday morning loop hike at Palomar Mountain. We hiked at Palomar Mountain many times but rarely do so in the actual State Park because dogs aren’t allowed on the trails there. This time we left Toni at home to check out a loop hike in Palomar Mountain State Park that Alex had found through Scott Turner, the co-author of “Afoot & Afield in San Diego County”.

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Fall Colors in Bishop Creek Canyon (21 photos)

Path through fall-colored aspens at North Lake, Bishop, California, September 2016.

We spent the day after our 20 Lakes Basin hike more leisurely, at Bishop Creek Canyon, where we encountered plenty of fall colors. They worked well with the bright and sunny day, which really made the trees glow when viewed from the right angle.

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Cuyamaca Dusk (4 photos)

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.

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