Monument Trail

MODERATE 8 reviews
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Monument Trail is a 3.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Descanso, California that offers scenic views. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking and trail running.

3.5 miles
839 feet
Out & Back


trail running



horseback riding
1 month ago

2 months ago

Turned into a long, hot loop. From Green Valley ($10) to Monument to West Mesa to Fox Trail to Arroyo Seco to Pine Ridge to Green Valley (6.5 mi). Pine Ridge trail looks easy on the map -- not so in practice. Stay on Fire Road for an easier descent. Airplane Monument was a nice picture stop. Trail a bit overgrown. Long pants to protect the legs would be nice if not for the July heat.

7 months ago

10 months ago

11 months ago

We took west side to monument (to avoid paying the campground fee this weekend) to west mesa to japacha. Pretty easy. Kinda narrow going up. Wider and pretty coming down. My kids liked it

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Hiked this Labor Day 2016 with a group of friends. Cool hike with amazing views of Cuyamaca Peak and Stonewall Peak along with other scenic views. We hiked the loop via West Mesa trail and racked up 5.38 miles! Airplane Monument atop was worth the hike to honor the fallen U.S. servicemen

Monday, March 14, 2016

Did it as part of a bigger loop to bag Cuyamaca peak and Japacha Peak. Pretty straightforward and well marked.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Hiked here from the West Side trail to avoid paying the $8 campground entry fee. Parts are narrow and rocky so good shoes are essential. There are some nice views but most of the time you're just surrounded by bushes.