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Rancho Cuyamaca

Saturday, September 23rd, 2023

Kick off your fall orienteering season with a classic course in the beautiful Cuyamaca forest. 

To begin a busy fall season of navigation, we head up the hill to enjoy the lush forest, rewarding terrain, and amazing views of Rancho Cuyamaca State Park.
We will be offering four traditional, point-to-point, courses for all skill levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, and Expert. 
Starts available from 10am-11am. Course closes at 1pm. Beginner's clinics will be offered. Electronic punches and compasses remain available for all registered competitors to borrow at no charge.
Preregistration required by Thursday, Sept 21st at 10pm. No late or onsite registration available. Registration is $10 for youth and $20 for adults. 
This event is limited to 75 participants. Registration will close whenever this limit is reached. Grab your spot now! 
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Course notes now available.
Questions? Check out our new registration FAQ, then email us at
See you in the forest!

Directions & Parking

Cuyamaca is an amazing place to orienteer, but the parking can be challenging.....

To reach Rancho Cuyamaca State Park from San Diego, take Interstate 8 East to it's intersection with Highway 79. From there drive north on 79 for 12 miles to the Main Parking area at Paso Picacho Campground (32.959541, -116.579613).

From the Main Parking area, you have 3 options: 


(A) Carpool: If you have at least 2 registered participants in your vehicle, you may proceed 0.9 miles further north, then take a right on the unnamed paved road (indicated in white on the map below).  Then proceed another 1.1 miles NE to the Event HQ at Stonewall Mine (32.982858, -116.570150). Feel free to create ad-hoc carpools at the Main Parking Area. 

(B) Bike: It's an easy, scenic 3.2km bike ride from the Main Parking area to the event center, following the same route as cars. 

(C) Walk: There is a trail that leads north, parallel to 79, from the Main Parking area to the access road for a total distance of 3.7km each way. 

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  • Regardless of where in the park you park, a $10 parking day pass must be purchased at Paso Picacho Campground. 

  • Even for carpoolers, parking at the event HQ is not guaranteed due to extremely limited parking. Please be patient and leave extra time. 

  • There are several other, smaller, trailhead parking spots on 79, but they fill early and have less obvious paths to HQ.

  • Yes, we mix miles and kilometers. 

  • Remember, it's often said that the hardest part of orienteering is getting to the start line! 

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