52 Hike Challenge 2016 Adventure Series
6.25 miles | +1090'
From Cottonwood Canyon to the Oriflamme Mountains, the unremitting views along this hike make it worthwhile. The northward climb of the PCT out of the Laguna Mountains enters Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, which covers more than 26,000 acres of oak and pine forest. Switchbacks give way to fantastic rock formations and sun-bleached manzanitas, overshadowed only by Oriflamme Canyon and Granite Mountain in the distance. Although this hike parallels Sunrise Highway, traffic can be heard only at the beginning and end. We also hiked up the hill overlooking Kwaaymii Point and Pioneer Mail Picnic Area.