Monument Peak Trail

MODERATE 44 reviews
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Monument Peak Trail is a 2.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mount Laguna, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

2.9 miles
436 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly



nature trips




wild flowers

3 months ago

we started on a trail head half a mile upnon the road. great view on top.
you need adventure pass to park your car within Laguna recreation area.

trail running
7 months ago

Beautiful trail located in the Cleveland National Forest that takes you on PCT for a short period. Only negative is the radio towers and structures located on the peak. Otherwise excellent hike that can be completed by beginners. Don't get lost though, the trail does not have the clearest markings.

8 months ago

The summit view is superb in every direction. Picked this trip based on its description in "Afoot and Afield in San Diego County" which mentions the key route-finding tip (for those without GPS), to begin counting your steps when you turn north onto the PCT from the Big Laguna Trail, and at about 800 steps, after you see the antennas on the peak, continue straight (east) when the PCT zigs hard left.

10 months ago

Good hike for a quick afternoon. Great payoff at the ridge with amazing views of the desert. Not much shade half way to to the turn around point. Easy to miss the turn off the Pacific Crest Trail, so pay attention or do your research. Dogs loved the hike. Some wildlife- a few turkey, a fox and. A lot of birds.

10 months ago

Beautiful view

11 months ago

Beautiful view!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Fun place to walk around and hike. Not far from Laguna and Desert view.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

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:

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Fun hike with my wife, most of the trail is a service road. Great views and wonderful pines along the way.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

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.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Fun hike to the summit. The view is amazing. Do this short hike and see the view.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Sweet views.

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Excellent view of the dessert to the east and mountain ranges to the west. I watched from above as the clouds rolled in from below in the west at sunset. It was beautiful.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

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.

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