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Hi all, I have a business conference in San Diego in mid October. Ends on a Friday, I'm thinking to bring my BP gear and squeeze in a weekender. I can't leave my conference until after dark on Fri, will rent a car and get to a cheap motel near the trailhead that night (or "car camp") and start the hike Sat morning. Would have all day Sat, camp out Sat night, and then need to be waking up Sun morning pretty close to the car as I will need to fly out that day (returning to East Coast so flights leave early afternoon).

Any suggestions? I'd like to stay within about an hour's drive or so of San Diego. Thanks!


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Fall starts the season for the desert in my opinion but that's too far, so I'd say check out Cuyamaca rancho State Park:
http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=667 It's about an hour from San Diego.
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Thanks Beacher, I'll look into it. So how far is it to some cool trails and camping spots in the desert?

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Maybe three hours or a bit more. I like the southern portion of the park that can be gotten to from either Julian on 78 or Ocotillo off I8. My preference is drive up Indian Canyon (desert unpaved road) and car camp then scramble up and about áthe mountains from there. . No water but a lot of nice scenery.

There's a Wilderness Press book on San Diego county that should have trail ideas if you think you'll want to do that much driving. Iirc there are trails out of Borrego Springs area in the northern section which is also where the visitor center is located.

That's low desert so far different to the 4 to 5 k Cuyamaca ecology.

ETA: It's been a while since I've been out that way so it'd be prudent to check with the park especially for their dispersed camping guidelines.
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Yeah, might be too far but also still pretty hot in Oct, so I was told. At the moment the search is narrowing to Cuyamaca and also Garnet Peak area in the Lagunas. Thanks.

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Well, high 80's daytime anyway... positively chilly compared to the 110 or so for every day this week...
http://www.wunderground.com/weather....gs.html

True, different standards for dayhiking versus backpacking.

Pretty place when the flowers have come out:
http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=638
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I was just reading about the Cahuilla Mountain Trail - shortish trail, water only available seasonally, but it looked interesting.  

San Jacinto Wilderness area is awesome


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Easy one would be Tenaja Trail in San Mateo Canyon. I typically do this one in Winter or Spring, so I don't know what the water situation wouls be in October (unless we get a rainstorm prior- then it'll be fine.

http://www.trails.com/tcatalog_trail.aspx?trailid=HGS511-104

http://nobodyhikesinla.com/2010....a-trail

http://www.hikespeak.com/trails/fishermans-camp-hike-san-mateo-canyon/


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