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 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!
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.
- Philip Erdelsky
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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.