WEDNESDAY WILDERNESS HIKE – December, 11, 2019 – 8:30 AM
Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
Miles = 10 ish
We will be hiking with some of the legends of Cuyamaca. We will start with Marty Minshall, a legendary park volunteer, and travel around the lake. This was her favorite trail. We will meet up with Vern Whitaker, famous for chasing wild horses, at the Los Vaqueros Group Horse Camp and head towards the backside of Stonewall Peak. Keep an eye out for wild turkeys (not wild horses). You might want to grab a quick energy snack you can eat while walking to help you up the Stonewall Peak Trail. This is a 1.7 mile unrelenting uphill climb. Settle in and don’t forget to look around at the amazing scenery – Little Stonewall to the east and Cuyamaca Lake to the north. After enjoying the views from the peak, we will head down the front side of Stonewall, north on the Cold Stream Trail, east on the CR&H Trail (aka our friend, Vern Whitaker), to the Los Caballos Trail, and finally rejoining Marty for the final stroll to our cars.
Make sure that you review our information in the wilderness section of the Walkabout-int.org newsletter. I have attached it for your convenience. Please note this from the Walker Guidelines: Some of us are slowing down and don’t move as fast as we once did. It is expected that the Walker will keep up with the pace set for the walk. The group will not adjust the pace to meet the needs of those who are unable to keep pace.
Directions): From Interstate 8, exit at the Descanso/Highway 79 exit. Head north on Highway 79. At the 10.7-mile marker you will see the parking area to the right. Park next to the Trout Pond Trailhead sign. This is a funky parking lot to exit due to the sharp turn in the road. You might want to park heading out. (i.e., back in)
Walkabout Safety Rules
All participants must be in condition, well-prepared for walk conditions, and will be accepted at the leader’s discretion.
Carry Identification and/or Medical Card with you.
Lock belongings in trunk before walking and take valuables with you
Car locked & windows up
Stay behind the walk leader, let leader set the pace.
No one behind the sweep
Echo back obstacles
You must notify the leader if you want to leave walk
Only service animals allowed unless indicated in the newsletter as a special walk with dogs Adventure pass or equivalent displayed as necessary
Hikers must be able to keep up with the group
Carry sufficient water
Be prepared for adverse weather, we may not turn back