Camping at Paso Picacho in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

Paso Picacho pic
Paso Picacho
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A business executive in San Diego, California, Brian Borg has extensive experience in areas such as organizing human resources, managing risk, and developing business strategies. From his home in San Diego, Brian Borg enjoys camping with his family in nearby areas such as at Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.

Encompassing oak woodlands, pine forests, and creek-laced meadows, Cuyamaca Rancho State Park attracts numerous day visitors and overnight campers who come to enjoy its delightful scenery and hike more than 100 miles of trails. The park offers two family campgrounds, including Paso Picacho.

Located at about 5,000 feet of elevation, Paso Picacho supplies 85 reservable campsites, each with a fire ring and picnic table. Other amenities in the campground include shared water faucets, restrooms, and ice and firewood available for purchase. The reservation fee of $30 per night includes up to eight people and one vehicle.

Some of the park’s best hikes begin in Paso Picacho, including a three-and-a-half-mile trail to Cuyamaca Peak and a two-mile trek to Stonewall Peak. Lake Cuyamaca, suitable for boating and fishing, also lies only a couple of miles from the campground.

Hiking Razor Point Trail in Torrey Pines State Reserve

Razor Point Trail pic
Razor Point Trail
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A risk management and human resources professional with nearly two decades of experience, Brian Borg resides in San Diego, California. A family man and avid hiker, Brian Borg enjoys spending time in local parks such as the Torrey Pines State Reserve.

Home to the rarest pine tree in the nation and encompassing approximately 1,750 acres, the Torrey Pines State Reserve offers a rich ecosystem in the midst of the city. From a salt marsh that provides a habitat to many species of water birds to views of the ocean, the park attracts visitors for a variety of reasons.

Hikers can enjoy a network of approximately eight miles of trails with several different route options. One popular route, the Razor Point Trail, leads approximately two-thirds of a mile to the Razor Point Overlook, which provides spectacular views of the coastal cliffs and the sea.

An easy-to-moderate hike, the Razor Point Trail passes through gnarled old trees bent from the winds, coastal sage scrub, and sandstone formations such as the Red Butte Formation. Hike options include taking a side trip off to the Yucca Point Trail, a small loop with more ocean views and flowering yucca in the spring.