This is a moderately strenuous about 8 miles loop with 900' elevation gain in the Cuyamaca State Park to see the airplane monument, and return via Aroyo Seco campsite trail. The monument commemorates the airplane crash in 1922 that took the lives of two aviators. The actual engine of the airplane now rests close to the original crashed site. Learn history, you can get on the web: https: //www.sandiegohistory.org/journal/v51-3/pdf/v51-3_complete.pdf, starts on page 153
I hiked this trail in December 2009, there were fallen burnt trees blocked at some sections of the trail. These may have been cleared out by now, but if not the trail is passable but you may get dirty with some ashes. Also after fire growth has encroached on the trail at some section, if not have cleared, we may need to push way through, no thorns but could get scratched. If you are worried about it you may want to have long sleeves or walking sticks. These are very brief and may have already been cleared. I have hiked this trail only once in last December on a rainy, cold and windy day, it was a blast and love it, yet I would call this hike an adventure. Since the weather is unpredictable in the mountains, it could be cold, rainy, and windy in January, but when we climb up, should warm ourselves up. Recommend to bring layers, rain coat, plenty of food, liquid and hike essentials.
Meet: 8:00 am at Los Coches Park & Ride (13579 Camino Canada, El Cajon, 92021), leave at 8:10am or
9:00 to 9:10 am at trail head. Trail head direction: freeway 8 east, exit at freeway 79 (to Julian), drive about 8 miles north towards Julian to Cuyamaca State Park, make sure don’t miss where hwy 79 turns left (marked by signs). One half mile past Green valley campsite, you will see the parking on the right of the road.