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Laguna Mountain Ridge via the PCT is a 16.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Pine Valley, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and backpacking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 16.6 mi Elevation gain 2,198 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Backpacking

Hiking

Walking

Running

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Getting There

This section of the Pacific Crest Trail, which runs from Mexico to Canada, offers expansive views of the desert to the east. The trail runs parallel to the Sunrise Highway for 16 miles with some beautiful scenery. Trail head option starts at Burnt Rancheria or Mt. Laguna Lodge at 6000 ft elevation. The trail passes through Monument peak and Garnet peak.

Mt Laguna Lodge

Sunrise highway to Mt. Laguna lodge. The trail head starts at the entrance to the Mt Laguna View point.

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Dan Du
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HikingBugsNo shade
Linda Colbert
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HikingNo shade

Amazing views! Will hike again. Hike was actually 18.1 miles out and back. 6 hours 22 minutes. Took 4l of water, drank 3l. Trail is in great condition, no shade. Very few people.

elisa beasley
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HikingNo shade

Trail easy to follow. Exposed but there was an amazing breeze that we welcomed. The views are breathtaking. Hit the trail early if u can.

(Sir) Brown Cow
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HikingBugsMuddyOver grownRocky

Amazingly gorgeous views. Don’t suggest bringing any kids on this one, as you walk a cliff side for a duration of the hike. Was frustrated with this hike, as the trail markings on the app weren’t accurate. It’s actually 9.3 miles to the end of the hike and 18.6 miles total, not 8/16, and ends in a random spot. I’m fairly certain someone planned/submitted this hike on there phone, without actually doing it. Parking wasn’t a problem at all, outside of I was the only one parked there, and it had me a little worried about my vehicle, but all was good and my vehicle was left alone. Trail is moderate as indicated, and lightly trafficked. I didn’t see anyone until I had turned around already and was around 14-15 miles in. In all reality all this hike is, is a very very small portion of the Pacific Crest Trail. I will say that once you’re about 7 miles in, the views stop being as awesome, but still enjoyable. Suggest bringing 3-5L of water, a good pair of hiking shoes, and trekking poles. If someone is passing you on the hike, for the love of everything, please don’t stand against the edge of the cliff so the person can pass/vice versa. It’s incredibly dangerous and just not the smart thing to do, in any retrospect whatsoever. Didn’t see any wildlife outside of birds and squirrels. There was coyote droppings, but didn’t hear or see any. All in all, if you’re looking for a long trail, that isn’t too difficult outside of length, with some outstanding views, this one is worth it.

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Chris Canning
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HikingNo shade

My wife and I did approx 2/3 of this (11 miles total. 5.5 out and 5.5 back) and it is a great hike with incredible views from the get go. We had a near perfect day of weather (60s and sunny) although the last couple miles back there were some strong winds which made it slightly more challenging. A moderate rating feels appropriate as it is never overly strenuous. I would add to be prepared for ending on a continuous steady incline, as that is something I’ve not experienced much considering 90%+ of our hikes are to a peak and back, so end on a decline. Again, nothing too difficult for a semi-experiences hiker but make sure you save adequate water. Surprisingly few people we crossed paths with on the hike, and a couple of them with dogs. We didn’t want to take our older dog (and rightly so it turns out) due to lack of shade throughout. Overall a great hike with stunning views, and would thoroughly recommend!

Armando Uribe
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Hiking

Did about 5 miles of this trail today and it has amazing views. some parts get a little narrow so if you are the nervous type... just be careful. also, the trail gradually decreases in elevation, so the way back feels way harder - make sure you take enough water for the way back.

Kate Burk
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Hiking

Took the dogs today to scout out the hike. I want to get into backpacking and thought this would be a good beginner trek to take on in the future. The views were unbelievable but I had massive vertigo from the extreme cliff-side. I literally froze and had to, very slowly, turn around and hightail it back. Hoping I can muster the courage to go farther next time! Just keep that in mind if you get dizzy around heights...

Raymundo Vazquez
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Beautiful place with amazing views,and not dogs poop.

Dulce Bedolla
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You get the best of both worlds: desert and mountain views. My family and I hike it at least twice a year. We enjoy it so much!

Joseph Baressi
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My wife and I had a wonderful hike mid-week and only saw a couple of other people. A wide variety of flowers were in bloom.

Sam Dutson
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Hiking

There were some amazing views for the first couple miles, and after that it veers away from the ridge into some boulder fields. Not a lot of shade on the route, so bring your own if it's going to be hot. Passed about 30 hikers on a Friday morning/early afternoon.

Robert May
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Hiking

Some of the best views in San Diego County. Well maintained trail.

Ashley Willis
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Backpacking

We plan on backpacking this soon. Can anyone tell me if there are any camping spots?

Mandy Evans
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Hiking

We hiked a 5 mile stretch, with kids. The views were fabulous and their was quite a few others using the trail.

Bill Sanders
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Mountain biking

Five stars for the views. Parked at the end of Kwaaymii Point and hit the trail. Nice single track with great views of the Anza Borrego Desert. I Biked this on a 40degree windy desert morning 3 days after snow fall. Saw no other people during the 5 miles I completed. In retrospect I don't believe bikes are allowed on the PCT. Next time I'll hike the whole thing.

ERIKA ROMERO
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AMAZING VIEWS!!!!

Christine Machado
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Hiking

If you can catch this section while the windflowers are in bloom if makes for incredible views both near and far. I uploaded a video of this hike on YouTube. Just search #thisgirlhikes.

Marc Laurent
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Mountain biking

The PCT is not open to Mountain bikes, counter to what the trail tags indicate.

Ted Griswold
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Hiking

Beautiful fall hike. Not difficult, beautiful views. Lots or wildlife evidence (tracks) along the way, and not a soul on the trail. Mountain lion evidence just off the trail (deer bones), so not a good one to hike alone.

hannah brooke
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Camping

my boyfriend and i made a short hike and camp-over-night trip out of this one by just doing a section of the trail. not a whole lot of spots to camp but the views are amazing the whole time. it is mostly downhill on the way in so you do have to work a bit more on the way back like a few other people have said. i would love to do it again and go farther next time but might plan it for more fall time since the heat is so intense this time of year for a long all day hike.

Pss 1987
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Hiking

We did a portion of this hike. The views were nice and there was a lot of vegetation. Would have liked to gone further.

Kevin Green
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Hiking

Did an out and back one night backpacking trip on this section of the PCT the other day. Started at the desert overlook trail head and headed north to Garnett Peak then back tracked to a campsite in the meadow. Great view of anza the whole time. A recent fire last summer has made most the hike on the east side of sunrise highway a burnt moonscape but still a nice hike. Going north, it's all downhill for the most part so be prepared to climb a bit on the way back.

Nicole Barthle
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Hiking

Perfect for serenity and solitude.

MLE HIKES
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A favorite.

Carmelina Krein
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Hiking

My friend and I did this trail in late-December 2012. There was a little bit of snow on the ground which made it fun. The view is gorgeous. You park at the end of the street. There was only one other car when we got there & enough room for about 4-5 more cars or so.

David Hotka
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Hiking

Me and a buddy did this trail at the opportune time of year. In the Early Spring the flowers are everywhere and the colors of the landscape really pop out at you. Wildlife was abundant, at night, arguably too abundant. Going in the summer months is not advised as temperatures have been known to reach triple digits. Small dogs or other small pets not advised, we ran into many coyotes on our trip and a half eaten deer leg.

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