GPS: 32.982904, -116.569872
Lake Cuyamaca and the Stonewall Mine area give us a chance to sample mountain and spring migrating species. We will start at the old mine shaft, and then venture out on trails through oak and pine woodlands. Possible species include Wild Turkey, Raptors, Oak Titmouse, Mountain Chickadee and Nuthatches. Migrating warblers could include Yellow-rumped, Black-throated Gray, Townsend’s, Hermit, and Wilson’s. Views of Lake Cuyamaca should provide Wood Ducks and Mallards. Purple Martins have been seen from this area in the past. Restrooms at the trailhead. NOTE: A California State Parks pass, or a day pass, is required to be able to park. Capped at 25 participants.
Directions: From San Diego, go east on Highway 8, turn north on Highway 79. About 1 mile north of the Paso Pacheco Campground area, watch for the turnoff to the right for the Stonewall Mine. Meet at the end of the road. A California State Parks pass, or a day pass is required. Day passes are available at the trailhead parking lot ($10). If you know others who are interested in going on this hike, car-pooling is encouraged (and is more fun).