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Dyar Spring and Juaquapin Creek Loop Hike

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A six-mile loop through Cuyamaca Rancho State Park with an elevation gain of about 800 feet. Schad says it's a good area to spot mule deer and coyotes. The lunch stop is in a rocky area with shade trees near Dyar Spring. It's a popular hike, and one of my favorites.

Dogs are not allowed on the trails in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.

The Dyar Spring Trail runs through grassy meadows where foxtails and other sticky plants can be a nuisance. Don't wear fluffy socks!

Meet at the large Sweetwater Parking Area near mile 4.8 on where it crosses the Sweetwater River in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park (Thomas 1216 upper F2, N[masked] W[masked]). Parking is free.

SUGGESTED ROUTE from San Diego: Take Interstate 8 east to exit 40 (, Descanso, Japatul Vly Rd). Go north on to the parking area. Don't miss the place where makes a left turn!

Directions to Meeting Place Sign at Meeting Place

The nominal starting time is 10:00 AM. I will be at the parking area by 9:30, and at 10:15 we will hit the trail. We should return to the parking area between 1:30 PM and 2:30 PM.

Call[masked] for the latest weather information or check your favorite weather page on the Internet. (I like www.weather.com.) Wear good hiking shoes and suitable clothing and take lunch, water and sun protection. Take a camera if you wish. Call or send E-mail if you have questions.

RAIN? Heavy rain will cancel the hike. If there is only a little rain, we may still hike. In doubtful cases, I will wait at the trailhead. You must decide whether the weather is tolerable and take appropriate protective clothing. If anyone else shows up, we will hike.

CONTACT:

  • Philip Erdelsky
  • home[masked]
  • cell[masked]
  • e-mail: [masked]

Cell phone service is spotty and unreliable in this area, and there is no service at the trailhead. There may be service at some higher elevations.

SUGGESTION: Check this page a few days before the hike for any last-minute instructions.

 

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  • Marti C.

    My first hike with this group, it was a lovely hike.

    May 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    GREAT!

    April 28, 2013

  • Burt

    Sorry I missed the hike. Sundays are best for me. Work 6 days a week. Live by the SDSU. Always into Cowles mt hike in the afternoons after 1 pm or Sundays early in the morning.

    April 27, 2013

  • Sarah K

    Beautiful hike!

    April 27, 2013

  • Shawn

    I am meeting someone at the Grantville Trolley Station for carpooling. I have room for 1 more. Just show up at 9:15. I'm driving a blue Honda CRV.

    April 26, 2013

  • Matthew

    Anyone want to carpool from Pacific Beach area? E-mail if you're interested [masked]

    April 25, 2013

  • Linda R.

    Yay! Another hike!

    April 24, 2013

  • betsy

    first hik
    e w/the group..looking forward to it!

    April 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone up for carpooling from La Jolla?

    April 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This sounds fun. Is anyone traveling from Chula Vista/San Diego area for car pooling?

    April 21, 2013

  • Yohan P

    I made plans a month in advance...gaahh

    April 21, 2013

  • Denise R.

    Anyone coming from Oceanside area? Have SUV and would love to car pool. Room for 7 and would love the company.

    April 7, 2013

    • Denise R.

      Yohan-I'm sorry, but I'm not going to this hike after all. Family commitment.

      April 21, 2013

    • Yohan P

      Ok, cool, Denise. Thanks for letting me know! Have a great weekend.

      April 21, 2013

  • Shawn

    I can meet people at the Grantville Trolley Station if anyone else wants to carpool from that area or needs a ride. I can fit 2-3 more in my SUV. Email me at least 24 hours before and let me know.

    1 · April 21, 2013

    • Shawn

      April 21, 2013

    • Shawn

      We would want to be ready to leave there by 9:30 I think so plan to get there by 9:15 if you plan to meet me and give yourself 15 minute window.

      April 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward it!

    April 21, 2013

  • Marti C.

    Hubby will not be joining us, just me

    April 9, 2013

  • Marti C.

    Hubby might join me

    April 7, 2013

  • Marti C.

    Is an Adventure Pass required for this hike?

    April 7, 2013

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