Eagle Peak

Eagle Peak is peak #86 on the Sierra Club’s 100 Peaks list for San Diego County. The elevation at the summit, according to USGS topo maps, is 3226 feet (~980 meters). It’s a quite prominent peak when hiking to Cedar Creek Falls from the San Diego Country Estates trailhead near Ramona (photos: 1, 2, 3), but the easiest approach is from the east.

The hike to Eagle Peak and the (far more popular) one to Three Sisters Waterfalls start at the same trailhead – at a hairpin turn on Boulder Creek Road (Google Maps has the trailhead and the trail to Three Sisters marked, but obviously knows nothing about the trail to Eagle Peak – and I think it’s better this way). Instead of making a left turn past a stand of Live Oaks, one continues straight, across a saddle, and then begins the ascent, over a number of false summits.

At the time I hiked it, the use-trail was well-worn enough that no navigation was required. It was a bit warm in the second half of June already – sometimes a deep marine layer extends all the way to Cuyamaca Peak, but that happens more often in May then in June. When I hiked Eagle Peak it was in broad daylight and under clear blue skies.

The hike itself is not particularly strenuous, long or with a lot of elevation change (I logged about 4.6 miles / 7.4 kilometers and about 500 feet / 150 meters ascent/descent [it’s a little bit downhill from the trailhead to the saddle where the trail splits, then uphill again]). From the summit, the views all around are quite good – a nice reward for enduring the false summits on the way there. 🙂 It was particularly interesting to see El Capitan Reservoir filled to the brim after the very wet 2010/2011 winter. For the same reason, Mildred Falls was still flowing, in mid June! A real rarity.

Here are those views. On small-screen devices like phones or tablets, you can just scroll down. On larger screens, you may also click on any image to open it in the slideshow gallery view. For the best effect, I suggest switching your browser to fullscreen mode then. This is usually done by pressing the F11 key (and again, or ESC, to switch back).

This article for my 100 Peaks Archive was written and added to the site in January 2019, and dated back to the time the photos were actually made, on June 10th, 2011.

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