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Monument Peak Trail is a 3.4 mile moderately trafficked loop 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 bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 3.4 mi Elevation gain 616 ft Route type Loop

Dog friendly

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Over grown

Off trail

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William McCann
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HikingNo shadeOver grown

Trail is overgrown in multiple areas. Be sure to wear pants unless you want your legs scratched up. There are also some areas that are overgrown that will scratch your shoulders. I lost the trail a few times and ended up following game trails. I would make sure you have a decent map before you go. There is only shade around like 1/4 of this trail if that.

Austin Brinegar
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HikingBugsNo shadeOver grown

4 star hike, 5 star 360 view once you get to monument peak. The trail is extremely overgrown in places so be prepared to scub through manzanita. Also a lot of bees and ants at the peak

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Spencer Goodman
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HikingOver grown

Went up at dusk to see the comet. Nice little trail, the bit from the PCT up to the service road was quite overgrown and easy to miss

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John Hoffmann
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Hiking

Made a little different loop out of the trail. Lots of shade and great views over the desert

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Dora Fejeran
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WalkingOff trail
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David Wa
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HikingOver grown

Amazing little hike. A bit overgrown on the push to the summit...wear long pants or the scratches on your legs will tell the story of your hike...like mine. Stellar views of Anza Borrego basin to the east and the my laguna forest to the west.

Michael Chaiwimol
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HikingOver grownPrivate property
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John Hoffmann
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HikingOver grown

Trail is mellow at the start but the final piece is sharp over growth. Scratchy

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Eric Boarman
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Hiking

Did 2 miles of this hike with my 5 month old being carried on the front. Easy hike, great day, just make sure you bring water, also on the way back its easy to miss the last trail turning left - if you miss it it will put you back on the road for a bit.

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Julia Treible
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Hiking

Hike was great but the trails were a bit hard to follow- specifically to get up to the “monument.” I recommend downloading the map to make sure you stay on track.

Erin Woodard
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HikingBugsOver grown

I wouldn’t try this trail again. The Northwest loop is so overgrown it’s completely non existent. The Southeast part of the loop has overgrown Mountain Laurel and tons of BEES. Do NOT try this if you are allergic to bees. I’m a very experienced hiker and this just wasn’t a fun one for me. I got off the (nonexistent) trail and had to navigate back to the PCT through spikey bushes. When you get to the top, there are certainly some good views of Anza Borrego, but you’re standing right next to a cell phone tower. What a bummer. The nice thing- I saw 2 people the entire time.

Tharun Adithya
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BugsOver grown

Simple hike with a good view of the desert at the end. Watch out for rattlesnakes on the way! Final climb up to the peak was overgrown.

Stacye R.
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HikingBugsNo shadeOver grownRocky

Loved it. Not a lot of shade. We took a couple paths less traveled that connected to the PCT trail. Those trails were overgrown a lil, but path still visible. Lots of bees. But great hike.

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Saila Keo
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HikingOver grown
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Bill Dixon
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Hiking

Nice initial trail from the parking location just off S1, joining up with the PCT heading toward Hayes Peak. The trail branching off PCT to ascend Hayes Peak is hard to spot, is rough and mostly indistinct and at times invisible. Long pants are preferred as the low bush can easily tear bare skin. But bear with it because the views from Hayes summit are worth it. The trail connecting to Monument Peak is better. On approaching the service road, I opted to take an alternate “straight up” barely discernible trail that involves some scrambling and more scratched legs - but more fun than the service road. Head back toward Hayes Peak and take an early left fork through tall bush back to the PCT. A short hike but fun and spectacular views. Enjoy!

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William Slaymaker
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Gary Buzel
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HikingMuddyOver grownRocky

Nice hike with reward at the end, (actually 2 rewards, with two peaks). Like others have said, on the west part of the loop the trail to the second peak is hard to find and stay on. I inadvertently went "bushwhacking" so I checked my the Garmin GPS loaded with this trails GPX file, I was 100 yards off course, off the trail, UGH, SO I had to bushwack my way back to find it, to loose it again 5 mins later. The westerly peak is very hard to navigate, the trail simply vanishes in the short brush with many washes all around that appear to be trails but are not. No GPS, don't hike here. The west peak has a steep incline leaving the 2nd peak. A bit rocky. Gave it 4 stars because of the difficult at times to stay on the trail, but the view is awesome! If it wasn't for the view, it would be a 3 star review. The sections of the hike along the PCT trail are easy and well traveled. Wear good shoes/boots.

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