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Piute Trail Lodge Lake Cuyamaca

Bedrooms 2
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cabin, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Baths, 8 Sleeps

Cozy Cabin Overlooking Beautiful Lake Cuyamaca

Come enjoy some of San Diego's forgotten beauty in this gorgeous, secluded Piute Trail mountain cabin overlooking Lake Cuyamaca and just minutes from the quaint little town of Julian. During your stay, you'll have a chance to see wild deer grazing in the nearby pastures below, wild turkey foraging up and down the hillside (sometimes they even visit the deck!), raccoon's getting into their usual mischief, bald eagles soaring above or swooping in for a quick meal, owls, orioles, blue-jays, migratory ducks & geese, woodpeckers... and the list goes on! If you're into bird watching and/or photography, this is a great place for both! Using the cabin as a base camp, you'll be able to explore Cuyamaca Rancho State Park and Cleveland National Forest ,Anza-Borrego State Park with their many trails and viewpoints; fish for Florida bass, smallmouth bass, trout, crappie, bluegill, channel catfish, and even white sturgeon (Yes, our lake has sturgeon!); picnic on Fletcher Island; go boating; or just take in the peaceful surroundings and vast views from the comfort of the cozy cabin! Open year-round, including the snowy winter months when you can take advantage of the local sledding and snowboarding terrain. Available by reservation only, so plan early! Vacation Rental (NOT A TIMESHARE)

More Details

John & Maria
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 20, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner


Just wanted to say thanks for our time at the cabin. It was a great experience! Definitely cool and quiet at night which was a welcome change. The kids enjoyed being able to see all of the stars from the deck. The grill worked quite well for hot dogs and corn on the cob. I appreciate your son coming by to make sure all was well. We were blessed in being able to stay there. All the best to you and your family! - Brian & Ericka
Oct 2012
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Activities: Hiking,biking, horseback riding,fishing,boating,photpgraphy,bird watching,stargazing,snowboarding,sledding...and whatever else you can come up with!

Using the cabin as a basecamp,you'll be able to explore Cuyamaca Rancho State Park and Anza-Borrego State Park, Cleveland National Forest with thier many trails and viewpoints.


Julian Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 4 roll outs
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Boat
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill
  • autumn foliage
  • festivals
  • forests
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
Features: -Incredible views of beautiful Lake Cuyamaca and the surrounding mountains - Only minutes from Julian..and those famous apple pies!! ;) - Easy access, even in the worst weather - 2 Large Bedrooms - both with queen beds and roll-outs. - Full Kitchen: Including full-size fridge and stove, microwave, pots, pans, utensils, etc. - Big Wrap-Around Deck - A great place to enjoy your morning coffee with its lake view or take in a night of stargazing! - Rustic Rock Fireplace - Perfect for a romantic evening with that special someone! - On-site parking for boat trailer,extra vehicles - Forced Air Heating,Electrical wall heaters in each room. - Gas BBQ - Direct TV ,DVD player,Internet


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Piute Trail Lodge Lake Cuyamaca
average rating of 4.9180326 based on 63 reviews

Love the location and the value

  • 5 of 5

Second time here, will come again, made upgrades to furniture. Love the cozy home. Expressed to owner the wifi/router was unreliable, hopefully will replace, keeping it 5 stars. Shouldn't need it if you want to enjoy the mountains and the space :)

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Oct 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very inviting upon walking through the front door!

  • 5 of 5

Ginny and I really enjoyed the homey rustic feel. Fully equipped with all kitchen utensils, bath towels, phenomenal view of Lake Cuyamaca from the front room and front deck. Will sleep eight, perfect for four, ideal for two! Gas BBQ and dining on the deck.

Ginny and I will be back possibly in the spring!

Great place for a staycation!

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Oct 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Nice Cabin

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay in the lodge very much. My husband was thrilled that fire wood was provided, that was a big plus - also the satellite TV to watch his Sunday football, he was one happy camper. It is so peaceful and tranquil out there, the famous turkeys marched by the cabin every morning. Our dog loved it as well, he laid on the deck all day sunning his belly. The kitchen is well stocked and the beds are very comfortable. We can't wait to come back.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nice Weekend Retreat!

  • 4 of 5

Situated on a great location overlooking the lake, the cabin has a large deck that provides a shadey space to relax and enjoy the great outdoors with gentle breezes caressing you. There are birds in the trees that like it if you leave a little birdseed out for them. Deer and turkeys casually pass by and forage in the grassy meadow. The living room has a great stone firplace, each bedroom is well appointed and the beds are comfortable. The kitchen has all the essentials and there is a gas grill on the deck to provide wonderful steak, chicken and fish dinners. The bathroom has a clawfoot tub and a separate shower which are nice and clean. In the evening there are plentiful stars in the sky and it is peaceful.

We are frequent visitors and have always enjoyed our stays, however this time we noticed that there is a little wear and tear that needs attention. The seating areas are shot and both couches need replacement. Half of the strapping on the deck chairs was missing permitting one to sink through the seating area, these should be repaired. The nails on the deck need to be set as many nail heads are raised, catching bare feet. Our latest visit was during a heat wave and it would have been nice to have screen doors on the front and back doors as there were lots of flies and bugs that get in if you leave the doors open.The tub faucet is located through the tub wall but should be routed outside the tub to permit a couple to lounge in the tub together. Finally, the vinyl flooring in the bathroom could be replaced as it is worn out.

Otherwise, a great retreat in a wonderful location

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Loved the view, the quiet and the beauty.

  • 4 of 5

Had a great time at this cabin. 7 heavenly days watching the wild turkey graze by from the deck, and even a couple deer bounced by. Very relaxing. 3 hikes around fletcher island and a couple days fishing. 10 minute ride to Julian for lunch and apple pie. The cabin has two spacious bedrooms with queen beds and a good size bathroom. The couches in the living room are getting a little worn out and not real comfortable but enough pillows to make do. There is no storage for packaged food and salt and pepper are the only condements provided. The bar-b-que on the deck works great. Took our dog everywhere with us, tho there are a lot of burrs out near the road. You'll spend most of your time out on the deck where the breeze is marvelous. The open windows in the house make a great cross breeze. Would consider coming back.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful and tranquil retreat with all manner of Wildlife putting on displays for your enjoyment.

  • 5 of 5

This cabin is just right for the people who get the true meaning of being one with nature without roughing it. It is perfectly perched on the hillside facing beautiful Lake Cuyamaca and the surrounding hills make for a picture perfect location.The cabin is lovely and one of my personal favorite things, were the refreshing and wonderful thermals that breeze through as the day goes by, making lazy day porch sitting a welcoming activity. Wildlife abounds and is literally in your face, and if you have Any Love for Birds ,you should come here for sure.The kitchen window faces a lovely pine tree that a red tailed hawk seems to love and as soon as I open the blinds,there he is looking right at me in all his magnificence.Wild turkeys were seen everyday,several times a day,woodpeckers and jays and the turkey vultures gave an Incredible show every afternoon and just soared right in front of the cabin enjoying the strength of the warm thermal winds, it was spectacular. There were deer,squirrels, coyotes turkeys, bats, it was incredible!We went fishing and hiking, and we just hung around the amazing porch and sat in awe of the colors in the sky and the silence. Sunrises and sunsets are breathtaking, the cabin was impeccable and had Every single thing they said it would,it was cozy and we felt at home.We can't say enough about how perfect this was for us and we're already looking ahead to our next visit. This cabin is a true gem!

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Nightly Rate: $160 - $170

Weekly Rate: $850 -$950

Monthly Rate: $3200

$170 Weekend nights Fri thru Sun ( Two night minimum rate)
$160 Week nights Mon thru Thr Two night minimun rate
We accept all major credit cards

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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