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Did this hike after it snowed. We barely saw any people, except for some mountain bikers at the very beginning. Great trail to do in the winter when there's snow, or in the spring when the grass is green and the lake is full. Definitely not a difficult trail, so it's great to do sections of it with little kids. I'm looking forward to doing the whole trail when there's no snow on the ground.
Joe K. on Big Laguna Mountain Loop Trail
got lucky perfect weather. first time on trail look forward to running again during the other 3 seasons.
Did Monument & Hayes peak from the PCT, about 5.5 miles. Gorgeous weather, great views. Trail was confusing in some intersecting trail spots, be sure to do your research before you go!
This is the guide I followed and it was spot on: http://www.modernhiker.com/2014/10/17/monument-peak-via-desert-view-picnic-area/
Brent M. on Monument Peak Trail
This is a Sierra Club HPS trail, and is on the San Diego Hundred Peaks list. It is the third highest accessible peak in all of San Diego County (6,271 feet), after Hot Springs Mountain (6,535 feet) and Cuyamaca Peak (6,512 feet). Using Google Maps, you can find the trailhead by entering the GPS coordinates 32°53'08.2"N 116°25'57.7"W. This trailhead is called the "Big Laguna Trail". You'll follow this trail until 32°53'17.0"N 116°25'33.5"W at which point you'll turn left. At 32°53'30.5"N 116°25'32.6"W the PCT will turn left but you'll want to go strait through some bushes, and then the trail will turn a little bit rocky as you climb toward the fenced-in trailers. At the trailers you'll turn left and walk around the fence until you get to the road. Turn left and follow the road to the top of the mountain. At the peak you will see nice views of the Desert. Not a long hike, or a particularly difficult one, and I would recommend it to anyone interested in finding new peaks to climb, but I would rank it 4-stars because other peaks in this area are superior.