Monument Trail

MODERATE 5 reviews
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Monument Trail is a 3.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Descanso, California that offers scenic views. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking and trail running.

3.5 miles 839 feet Out & Back


trail running



2 months ago

3 months ago

We took west side to monument (to avoid paying the campground fee this weekend) to west mesa to japacha. Pretty easy. Kinda narrow going up. Wider and pretty coming down. My kids liked it

5 months ago

Hiked this Labor Day 2016 with a group of friends. Cool hike with amazing views of Cuyamaca Peak and Stonewall Peak along with other scenic views. We hiked the loop via West Mesa trail and racked up 5.38 miles! Airplane Monument atop was worth the hike to honor the fallen U.S. servicemen

11 months ago

Did it as part of a bigger loop to bag Cuyamaca peak and Japacha Peak. Pretty straightforward and well marked.

1 year ago

Hiked here from the West Side trail to avoid paying the $8 campground entry fee. Parts are narrow and rocky so good shoes are essential. There are some nice views but most of the time you're just surrounded by bushes.