Monument Peak Trail

MODERATE 29 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.

DISTANCE
2.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
508 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

trail running
14 days 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.

1 month ago

hiking
2 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.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 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.

3 months ago

Beautiful view

4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful view!

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

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

hiking
8 months ago

10 months ago

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: http://www.modernhiker.com/2014/10/17/monument-peak-via-desert-view-picnic-area/

10 months ago

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

hiking
10 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

hiking
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.

hiking
Monday, July 11, 2016

hiking
Saturday, July 02, 2016