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Minshall Trail to Stonewall Mine Loop

Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

San Diego Metro Area, California

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Minshall Trail to Stonewall Mine Loop

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  • The trail begins at the Trout Pond Staging Area.- Minshall Trail to Stonewall Mine Loop
  • Wildflowers in this area attract a great number of butterflies.- Minshall Trail to Stonewall Mine Loop
  • Minshall Trail passes through a meadow.- Minshall Trail to Stonewall Mine Loop
  • This is a great area for bird watching.- Minshall Trail to Stonewall Mine Loop
  • The trail heads north toward Cuyamaca Lake.- Minshall Trail to Stonewall Mine Loop
  • Wildflowers blooming along the trail.- Minshall Trail to Stonewall Mine Loop
  • View from Minshall Trail.- Minshall Trail to Stonewall Mine Loop
  • Wildflowers in this area attract a great number of butterflies.- Minshall Trail to Stonewall Mine Loop
  • Lake Cuyamaca as seen from Minshall Trail.- Minshall Trail to Stonewall Mine Loop
  • View from Minshall Trail.- Minshall Trail to Stonewall Mine Loop
  • Minshall Trail leads through grassy meadows.- Minshall Trail to Stonewall Mine Loop
  • The trail beings to climb a forested hill as it approaches Stonewall Mine.- Minshall Trail to Stonewall Mine Loop
  • There are restrooms and a picnic area near the Stonewall Mine Trailhead.- Minshall Trail to Stonewall Mine Loop
  • The picnic area at Stonewall Mine.- Minshall Trail to Stonewall Mine Loop
  • The historical sites at Stonewall Mine are interesting stops along the way, though they are fenced in.- Minshall Trail to Stonewall Mine Loop
  • View of Cuyamaca Peak from Stonewall Mine Trail.- Minshall Trail to Stonewall Mine Loop
  • View of Stonewall Peak on the return trip.- Minshall Trail to Stonewall Mine Loop
  • Wildflowers in this area attract a great number of butterflies.- Minshall Trail to Stonewall Mine Loop
  • Wildflowers in this area attract a great number of butterflies.- Minshall Trail to Stonewall Mine Loop
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Pros: 
Historic mine. Wildflowers. Scenic.
Cons: 
Mine is hard to see due to the fence.
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Region:
San Diego Metro Area, CA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
No
Highest point: 
4,775.00 ft (1,455.42 m)
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Permit required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Horseback
Total Distance: 
3.50 mi (5.63 km)
Total elevation gain: 
200.00 ft (60.96 m)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
4,625.00 ft (1,409.70 m)
Typically multi-day: 
No
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Hike Description

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Minshall Trail to Stonewall Mine Loop is a scenic hike located within Cuyamaca Rancho State Park. The route follows the southern edge of Lake Cuyamaca toward an abandoned mine on a nearby hill. It is estimated that $2 million in gold was mined here from 1886 to 1892, making it one of Southern California’s most productive gold mines. To accommodate the gold-rush, Cuyamaca City was built nearby. At its peak the town featured a post office, schoolhouse, store, cottages, and bunkhouses. It was abandoned shortly after Stonewall Mine was shut down, and only a few traces of it exist today.

The trail begins at the Trout Pond Staging Area on the shoulder of Highway 79. It leads through a grassy meadow where colorful displays of wildflowers attract butterflies during the summer. As the trail approaches Lake Cuyamaca it enters a forested area with lush oak and pine trees and climbs a gentle slope. At the top, a half-mile loop trail allows hikers to explore the remnants of the past. There are signs that explain the history of the area, though the mine and surrounding equipment are fenced-in. This loop also provides excellent views of the surrounding mountains, including Middle Peak, Stonewall Peak, and Cuyamaca Peak. Just past the Stonewall Mine Trailhead are restrooms and a shaded picnic area.

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