Explore the best trails near Mount Laguna with detailed reviews, photos, trail maps, and driving directions curated by hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
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.
The views at the top are spectacular. Tall Pines to the west, dry desert to the east. This peak lies on what is known as a ecotone. A boundary between two distinctly different habitats.
I used the directions provided here and they got me to a parking area off the shoulder on Sunrise Highway, about mile marker 25. The trailhead has between a barbed wire fence and the trail unmarked. You walk in a northerly direction for about half mile or so through a trail that looks vague in places do to lack of use, apparently. I got this info from a great hiking book called Afoot and Afield San Diego County by Jerry Schad. I downloaded it to my phone for quick reference and it has come in handy when the info here on Alltrails is incomplete or incorrect.
You'll walk until you get to another trail that intersects, and it's not marked. Follow it right on you'll be on the Big Laguna trail. Walk about 100 yards until you get to another trail intersection. It's the Pacific Crest trail and you'll follow it left.
At the summit is a few radio and microwave antennas. Of interest was a laser target, standing about 6ft tall. I snapped a photo and uploaded it. When at the summit you'll appreciate the beautiful contrast of habitat as you pan around 360 degrees. It was especially windy this day, but very clear providing great views. Scratch another San Diego County peak from the list for me. Next up: Blue Angels peak near Jacumba.
Mount Laguna has the best hiking in San Diego, and Agua Dulce is no exception. I've hiked and ridden all over this mountain, and the wooded trails like this one are my favorites. The Agua Dulce spur takes you by the old pump house, a pretty neat site if you're into local history. The trail isn't hard, but you'll want a good pair of boots if you're going to do the whole mountain loop, as it's long with a few steep and slippery spots. Bring plenty of water with you too!