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“Peaceful and beautiful lake”
Review of Lake Cuyamaca

Lake Cuyamaca
Ranked #4 of 39 things to do in Julian
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Situated at an elevation of 4,600 feet, this small 110-acre lake is surrounded by Cuyamaca Rancho State Park that is mostly wilderness.
Reviewed 20 November 2017 via mobile

Being a native San Diegan and living in the East County of San Diego, Lake Cuyamaca has been a favorite destination of mind for many years.

The Lake itself is beautiful and is a quiet place to relax and just take in the scenery. It's still a beautiful area and you can still remnants and reminders of one of San Diego County's worst fire which was called the Cedar Fire (2003). Lake Cuyamaca is still a great place to visit. The drive up to the lake is also quite scenic but the roads are winding. Occasionally you will see some of the local wildlife such as deer on the way.

Near the lake there is plenty of parking, sitting areas, store, and restaurant. The restaurant itself has a great view of the lake and offers large portions with decent food.
The lake is not to far from the Towns of Julian and Wynola. My favorite time of the year to go to Lake Cuyamaca is during the Fall. It can be a little chilly so bring a jacket just in case.


This is usually one of three stops we will make if we are traveling to certain destination such Palm Desert or Palm Springs. It a great place to stop to just stretch your legs and enjoy nature. Helps me relax as well before the drive.

Overall I have been fortunate that Lake Cuyamaca is close by and have been fortunate enough to enjoy it for many years. With its beautiful scenery and it being serene, it's the perfect place to visit if you peace and quiet.

On a side note, yesterday Sunday November 19th, 2017 , we saw that there was a $10.00 fee to enter the lakes parking area. I am not quite sure if that is temporary or permanent.

3  Thank Chucknteojamul
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Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

Two fishing experiences- first day caught a fish! Second day rented a pontoon and that was great great fun out on the lake. Sunday Uncle Cory fried the fresh trout and we all enjoyed our appetizer for dinner.
We took our annual Canadian Thanksgiving Family Photo
at the dock so we would always remember this special
addition of the lake and fishing. The adults especially
Enjoyed the lake view from the cabin!

Thank Linda H
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Reviewed 3 October 2017

So peaceful and quiet. Go today and also have the pie. The fishing is great too. There is a hike around the lake at Stoneeall mine that is beautiful too

Thank SanDiegoDownSyndrome
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Reviewed 7 September 2017

Take a ride into the hills out of San Diego and you can beat the Lake Cuyamaca area. Camping, hiking, driving...just enjoy it.

Thank Umbear
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Reviewed 29 August 2017

This is a fun place to stop for lunch. On HiWay 79 maybe 6 to 7 miles south and west of Juilan. Also access by the Sunrise Highway. Its a nice half day trip from San Diego just for a different sort of meal: East on 8 to the really beautiful Sunrise Highway. Backpack a bit on 79 (couple of miles).

Very quaint inside - more a local hangout than a tourist spot. Reminds me of the sort of diner/restaurant you'd come across vacationing in the summers in the early 60's. The outdoor patio/deck faces the lake and has a beautiful view east over the lake to the hills. Service was leisurely but not a problem.

Pretty big menu: sandwiches, salads, burgers. But also some more interesting fare: catfish, fish and chips.

Beer wine and soft drinks.

Thank Tom F
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