Wild Land Fall Colours
Cuyamaca Rancho State Park is a state park located forty miles east of San Diego, California in the Laguna Mountains of the Peninsular Ranges. The park's 26,000 acres (105 km²) feature pine, fir, and oak forests, with meadows and streams that exist due to the relatively high elevation of the area compared to its surroundings. The park includes 6,512-foot (1,985 m) Cuyamaca Peak, the second highest point in San Diego County
A visit to Cuyamaca is an easy day trip for many southern Californians. In the fall the crisp colors can remind you of a scene from New England or the midwest. There are a variety of long and short hikes, mountain bike paths, horse trails and nature centers. You can spot wild turkeys, coyote, woodpeckers, rattlesnakes, and a whole variety of birds and inscects. There were major fires in the park that killed many of the oak trees but in time there has been regrowth and renewel. You will see the fire damaged husks of burnt trees but many have live green vines and new branches with green color too. There are creeks, waterfalls and to the north of the park a quaint tourist town of Julian famous for its apple pies and antique shops.