Big Laguna Trail is a 13.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Mount Laguna, 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: 13.3 miles Elevation Gain: 1,240 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

camping

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

walking

bird watching

running

lake

views

wildlife

closed

Users have reported this trail has a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information. 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.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail but unfortunately as of 4/16/2020 it is CLOSED until further notice.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing views, trails didn't have the best markers. Overall one of my favorites thus far.

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muddy
1 month ago

great trails but not very well signalized.

hiking
1 month ago

Very beautiful. Did not make it too far with our little boy. The trail is more for bikes in most areas. I’d like to come back and go further.

hiking
4 months ago

Went along an unmarked portion of the trail and found a rope swing. Fun!

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icy
muddy
snow
4 months ago

First part of Noble Canyon trail completely covered with icy snow and is very slippery. Trekking poles helped. Remainder of trail muddy with some dry spots in the direct sun.

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snow
4 months ago

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snow
5 months ago

Nice trail through about 6 inches of snow. Muddy/slushy in some parts but definitely manageable. Good sense of seclusion in some parts but nothing special for views.

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6 months ago

My favorite trail in the world! I'm a San Diego native so maybe I'm being biased. haha. I've hiked, run, and mountain biked through. Its an all around good summer time hike, and a spectacular winter wonderland when it snows.

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bugs
7 months ago

bring bugspray, there's lots of flies

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7 months ago

All time favorite easy trail. Scenery never disappoints. Wildlife/wildflowers, depending on time of day/season of the year. Good amount of shade.

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bugs
7 months ago

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8 months ago

Great hike but keep track of your sence of direction; signage not that great.

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bugs
8 months ago

78 degrees, feel like 80 with clear sky. Busy with Mt bikers. Those bikers didn’t want to give way to hikers!!! Bugs this time!!! Overall good easy hike!!! Happy hiking!!! Don’t forget after hike “Wynola Pizza & Bistro”, cold beer, thin crust pizza. Julian, out off main drag.

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8 months ago

Trail was well maintained, easy to follow with the AllTrails app, but I wouldn’t categorize it as “easy”. Moderate is accurate, and the distance and elevation gain from Noble Canyon adds a wonderful moderate challenge. The wild cows and birds are great, and a fantastic spot on the west side of Laguna Lake under a tree make for a great lunch stop. Would recommend for a great quarter/half day hike with the dog or partner.

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bugs
9 months ago

Directions note: We parked at the parking lot by veering left after entrance at Laguna Campground to Roadside Loop. Cost is $5. Trailhead is called Big Meadow Trail and takes you to Big Laguna Trail

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9 months ago

Just did a short portion of the trail with our three year old daughter and dog. She outgrew the carrier, so we’re training her to hike on her own. It was a warm day. There’s only a little shade along the tree lines. The small pond had already dried out, but the larger “lake” has water.

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10 months ago

Beautiful trail!

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10 months ago

hot in early july at 8:30am bikers on trail dog friendly well shaded for a time

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10 months ago

Excellent trail and scenery. Put in 14.1 miles on a gorgeous day!

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Sat Jun 01 2019

Nice leisure hike as long as it’s not too hot. Took my dog and he enjoyed every minute of it. Not every dog is on leash so be aware of that. Other than that I don’t have anything bad to say.

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Sat Jun 01 2019

Amazing trail. The lakes and other bodies of water look absolutely stunning right now. Beautiful wildflowers are also in full bloom. Would definitely recommend.

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Sat Jun 01 2019

Text Directions with this app are different than the apple maps. Just go the parking area of laguna campground - $5 day use, then go to the bottom of meadow loop in the campground and the trail starts near the big pile of rocks and next to the fence.

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Mon May 06 2019

Beautiful Meadow, easy flat hike. Great for beginners. There are currently 2 lakes that were formed by melting snow. There are wildflowers everywhere. I am looking forward to going back.

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Sun May 05 2019

Awesome easy trail! Plenty of shade and beautiful scenery

mountain biking
Thu Apr 18 2019

nice beginner bike ride

walking
Mon Apr 15 2019

Heavy traffic with families camping, group walks, day hikers, bikers, horseback. Dogs are to be leashed...be careful as this rule is not followed. The little lakes are full now, we haven't seen this in a very long time. Easy trail, several rock outcrops to sit on and observe nature and enjoy the day.

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