Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

Dyer Spring Trail and Juaquapin Loop

(East Mesa Area)


May, 2005

 

Heading Northwest on the Dyer Spring Trail                                                                                                                Photo by Barbara Barnes  

                                                             

Three habits converge in this section of the park: oak woodlands, grasslands, and streamsides                         Photo by Barbara Barnes

Close-up of California peony                                                                                                                                          Photo by Barbara Barnes

Surviving crown of Coast live oak                                                                                                                                  Photo by Barbara Barnes

Leaving oak woodlands                                                                                                                                                     Photo by Barbara Barnes

Photo by Barbara Barnes

A number of trees in this far Eastern area of park survived the Cedar fire, likely because of low fuel density

Grasslands and Spring flowers (Guard lupine)                                                                                                              Photo by Barbara Barnes

Blue elderberry thriving near spring                                                                                                                                Photo by Barbara Barnes

California rose and Chinese Houses near the spring                                                                                                      Photo by Barbara Barnes

Heading down to Dyer Spring with a view of Stonewall Peak                                                                                  Photo by Barbara Barnes

Mariposa rush                                                                                                                                                                     Photo by Barbara Barnes

Dyer Spring                                                                                                                                                                         Photo by Barbara Barnes

Horse watering tank and Parish meadowfoam                                                                                                               Photo by Barbara Barnes

Resprouting oak near Juaquapin Creek                                                               Photo by Barbara Barnes

Horehound                                                                                                                                                                          Photo by Barbara Barnes

View from canopy of healthy Coast live oak; fire damage seen on distant hillside                                                Photo by Barbara Barnes

Juaquapin Creek                                                                                                                                                                  Photo by Barbara Barnes

Mexican manzanita resprouting from base                                                                                                                   Photo by Barbara Barnes

Hillside and ravine consumed by the Cedar fire                                                                                                         Photo by Barbara Barnes

A portion of the Juaquapin Creek drainage was untouched by fire                                                                          Photo by Barbara Barnes 

Another view of the meadow ringed by healthy oaks                                                                                                 Photo by Barbara Barnes

Heading Southwest on the Juaquapin Trail                                                                                                                   Photo by Barbara Barnes

Lush meadow seen from hillside trail                                                                                                                              Photo by Barbara Barnes

Another view of meadow ringed by health oaks                                                                                                           Photo by Barbara Barnes

Colony of red ants that survived the fire                                                                                                                        Photo by Barbara Barnes

Juaquapin Creek sustained heavy fire damage in this area                                                                                         Photo by Barbara Barnes

California and ripgut brome, some deer grass, and several recovering Coast live oaks along the trail              Photo by Barbara Barnes

Looking down the trail                                                                                                                                                     Photo by Barbara Barnes

Denuded hillside; blue patches of thistle in distance                                                                                                  Photo by Barbara Barnes

Woody yarrow and Checkerbloom around the base of burned oak trunk                                                               Photo by Barbara Barnes

Trail fork                                                                                                                                                                               Photo by Barbara Barnes

Juaquapin Creek drainage with few surviving trees                                                                                                    Photo by Barbara Barnes

Juaquapin Creek                                                                                                       Photo by Barbara Barnes

Downhill view of Juaquapin Creek                                                                                                                               Photo by Barbara Barnes

Creekside trail through Ghost forest                                                                                                                                Photo by Barbara Barnes

Stand of dead Jeffery pines                                                                                                                                               Photo by Barbara Barnes

Down trail view of fire damaged hillside                                                                                                                    Photo by Barbara Barnes

Western ragweed                                                                                                                                                                Photo by Barbara Barnes

Dead confiers along the Eastside Trail                                                                                                                          Photo by Barbara Barnes

Hiking back to the Sweetwater parking area                                                                                                                 Photo by Barbara Barnes

Summer snow                                                                                                                                                                      Photo by Barbara Barnes

Sweetwater River                                                                                                                                                                Photo by Barbara Barnes