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Published: Thursday 03 December, 2015

Alpine hike offers backcountry views Share PhotoALPINE The hike down into Sloan Canyon in Alpine presents a fine lookout into the backcountry where the Sweetwater River carves its way through some lofty mountains. The terrain here is largely undeveloped, save for a small enclave of trailer homes near the bottom of the canyon. From the beginning of the trail at an elevation of about 1,575 feet, you can see all the way down to the riparian ribbons of cottonwoods, oaks and willows that line both sides of the Sweetwater River, which sits at about 825 feet in elevation. Reach the trailhead for the California Riding Hiking Trail that begins this hike off Sequan Truck Trail. The first thing to view as you drive to the trailhead is a lovely overview of Loveland Reservoir, created by a dam on the Sweetwater River. Once you find the beginning of the CR here, you begin the descent down the single track trail toward the river bottom. Big slabs of smooth granite, exposed and free from vegetation, dot the landscape. Jerry Schad, in "Afoot and Afield San Diego County," describes these as exfoliated granite slabs. According to geologic experts, exfoliation is a process in which rocks become weathered by peeling off in sheets rather than eroding little by little. Puma EvoPOWER 2.0 The CR continues its fairly steep way down the slope for about a half mile when it reaches Sloan Ranch Road, where you turn right to continue downhill toward the river. The trail is deeply cut by water, too, and it's sandy, so watch your footing. The road is easier going than the CR here, as it's wider and gentler in grade, but you continue to descend to that riparian habitat along the river. Backdropping the Sweetwater River here is Sycuan Peak, 2,801 feet high.

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In about 1.37 miles from the beginning, you'll see a rusted remnant of an old jalopy's frame, marking a spur road that leads to the left (south) into the remote rural homes. When you look straight ahead toward the south, you'll see a riparian habitat that is essentially perpendicular to that along the Sweetwater River below. That southern riparian ribbon is home to Lawson Creek in Lawson Valley, headed toward Lawson Peak, 3,660 feet, to the southeast. According to the map, Sloan Ranch sits near the confluence of Lawson Creek and Sweetwater River. Such abundant water sources, including lots of springs, were among the draws to this area, both for Kumeyaay people as well as settlers who followed. Archaeological evidence of Kumeyaay villages can be found throughout Alpine, according to the Alpine Historical Society. One of those early settlers was George Washington Webb who built the Julian to Banner Toll Road in 1871, and moved to his "Alpine Ranch" in what is now called Harbison Canyon in 1872; Harbison Canyon is next to Sloan Canyon. Webb's Alpine Ranch is largely credited with giving Alpine its name. John Stewart Harbison moved here in 1874 and became the county's leading beekeeper, keeping more than 2,000 hives, He was credited with making San Diego County the leading honey producing county in California and California the leading honey producing state in the nation at that time, says the Puma Football Boots historical society. Today, North Dakota is the leading honey producing state, followed by California, according to 2011 statistics kept by the USDA.

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