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Eagle Peak

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About Eagle Peak:

"Eagle Peak in San Diego County is perched among the headwaters of the San Diego River and commands a 360-degree view of the drainages that feed the streams of the watershed. The multi-humped peak is surrounded by lower ridges defined by deep defiles scoring the sides of Cuyamaca Peak to the east and El Cajon Mountain to the southwest. These higher peaks are more regularly visited, and serve to isolate the upper reaches of the river from regular traffic, while that which does reach the trailhead is more often interested in reaching nearby Twin Sisters Falls in the Boulder Creek canyon. As such, this relatively easy peak can likely be enjoyed in solitude. The views into the Boulder Creek canyon from the top are worth the trip."
Nearest town or city: santee
Directions: Heading east on CA-78 out of Santa Ysabel, look for the right-hand (south) turnoff to Pine Hills (Pine Hills Rd.) about 6 miles east of Santa Ysabel (or just about a mile downhill from the intersection with CA-79 in Julian). Follow Pine Hills Rd. for about 1.5 miles until Boulder Creek Rd. splits off to the right. Follow Boulder Creek Rd., past the junction with Eagle Peak Rd. to the right (do not take this road--see below), until it turns to well-graded dirt, about 4 miles after leaving Pine Hills Rd. About another 5 miles on the dirt brings you to a switchback and intersection with Cedar Creek Rd., and the trailhead. On nice weekends, the route towards Julian can be crowded.
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THREATENED WITH CLOSURE by the CNF. Learn about the proposed closures and find out how you can help through the local Access Fund Affiliate at

You need an Adventure Pass to park at the trailhead, otherwise you'll be purchasing a one-day permit via the forest service's "instant membership" drive when the ranger passes by the parking area. They are diligent in the headwaters. There's a really convenient Cleveland National Forest Service ranger station on I-8 just on the east side of Alpine. They'll be glad to take your check. I'm not sure about where they are on the north approach, but Ramona is frequently on the way: Descanso Ranger District 3348 Alpine Boulevard Alpine, CA 92001 Telephone: (619) 445-6235 Palomar Ranger District 1634 Black Canyon Road Ramona, CA 92065 Telephone: (619) 788-0250
Camping: Yes
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Forum Discussions (1 posts)

  Subject Author Replies Last Post
With Replies Alternate Route to the Crag!!!!!!! addicted2alpine 8 Feb 18 2011, 4:18 PM