Big Laguna Trail

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Big Laguna Trail is a 13.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Cuyamaca, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
13.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1246 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

camping

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

trail running

walking

lake

views

wildlife

Take Sunrise Highway from I-8 (near Pine Valley) and drive north 13.5 miles to just past the second cattle guard on the highway. Vehicles should park on either side of the highway on the paved turnouts. The access to the Big Laguna trail is via the Nobel Canyon trail that departs the western turnout and is marked by a small sign. Follow the Nobel Canyon trail about 100 yards to reach the Big Laguna trail junction. Directions from Mt. Laguna, CA: The trail is accessed from Laguna Campground or Penny Pines parking area along Sunrise Scenic Byway.

camping
1 month ago

Cañón de Guadalupe ta’ Cañón

hiking
1 month ago

Nice & easy

1 month ago

Cool area, low incline. Parking wasn’t obvious though, and lots of mountain bikers (campsite is right at start of trailhead).

hiking
2 months ago

We only walked about 10 miles. it has a fantastic meadow. There is water in 2 of the lagoons. The trail is narrow, and pretty flat.

mountain biking
6 months ago

Stunning scenery and great trail!

hiking
7 months ago

I took my dog to hike the sunset trail and ended up hopping onto the Big Laguna trail since it was such a beautiful day and I wanted a bit longer in the great outdoors. In total, we hiked about 6.5 miles last Sunday July 2nd. Beautiful scenery, the lagoons are full. Lots of cattle in the meadow. Not too strenuous, just keep in mind you are over 5000 ft altitude. More mountain bikers than hikers were present, but definitely not crowded.

hiking
7 months ago

Did this 30 June 2017- amazing! Great start in meadows and beautiful views from PCT last 6 miles.

8 months ago

Hiked this yesterday. It was pretty busy with large groups & lots of mtn bikers, but the scenery & the 2 lakes was worth putting up with the additional humanity. Definitely coming back to explore the side trails, too!

hiking
9 months ago

Nice long easy loop. Recommend hiking with a partner as I saw a lot of mountain lion sign.

hiking
10 months ago

Easy hike with Dad. Saw a lot of through hikers since this trail collides with PCT. Lotsa pretty red, yellow, blue, white and purple baby flowers blooming.

hiking
10 months ago

Easy and relaxing hike with great vista of Laguna Meadows and the Big Laguna Lake. Best time to check it out after the considerable rain experienced in San Diego lately.

10 months ago

An absolutely beautiful hike! Trail skirts the edge of a small valley, which is rimmed with pine trees and contains several small lakes, thanks to recent winter rains. Can't wait to get out again!

10 months ago

Easy

trail running
Sunday, January 15, 2017

Nice mixture of terrain.

Sunday, November 06, 2016

New to this area. Easy smooth trail.

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Easy, nice views of meadow, mostly flat hike, you can avoid $5 day use fees at Laguna campground by a mile farther up on Sunrise hwy near Noble Canyon trail

hiking
Monday, September 26, 2016

Beautiful trail, lots of animals, really quiet, no water in the lagoon :( Lots of cows!

mountain biking
Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Biked this on an 82 degree sunny day on July 4 2016. There was nice breeze going so it felt like 75. Completed 10 miles by following the trails the follow the perimeter of the Big Meadow. I hit the trailhead from the El Pardo campground.
There was never a point that requird me to dismount from my mountain bike. It was nice and tight single track 90% of the time with only slight ascents and decents along the way. Good hiking or biking for the whole family. Nothing strenous about this trail. It's all about the wide-open beauty on this trip.

hiking
Monday, June 13, 2016

Great!

hiking
Monday, April 25, 2016

It was a beautiful day for a hike, high 60's, off and on light cool breeze, some shade on the east side of lake. Hiked 8 miles. Don't forget to bring enough water, it's close to 6000ft in elevation. Lots of pine trees, green this time of year, wildflowers, and the lake has some water. It had been "bone" dry for about 2years. One of my favorite hikes!

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