Paso Picacho is a beautiful campground & the larger of the two main campgrounds in the Rancho Cuyamaca State Park. The other is Green Valley located a few miles west on the 79. At an elevation of 5,000 feet, Paso Picacho is the trail head for numerous hiking trails including the 2 the mile hike up Stonewall Peak (elevation 5,700 feet), and the 3.5 mile hike up Cuyamaca Peak (elevation 6,512 feet). Both offer breathtaking views of the deserts to the east, the coast to the west, and Lake Cuyamaca at the bottom.

The four main trails that leave the campground include

  • Azalea Glen Loop Trail
  • Look Out Fire Road (to the top of Cuyamaca Peak)
  • Stonewall Peak Trail
  • Cold Stream Trail (to the Visitor Center)

Branching off of those main trails are ones that lead you south to the Green Valley Campground, east to the Los Vaqueros Group Horse Campground, and north to the Stonewall Mine.

Piso Picacho is open for reservations from spring to fall (March-November), with reservations not required in the off months. If you do choose to come in the wintertime, be prepared for snow.

In peak season (April-October) reservations are needed weeks in advance, especially weekends.

Dogs are allowed but only permitted to hang around the campgrounds, picnic areas, and paved roads, and cannot be left unattended.

Paso Picacho Campground Map

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