Explore the most popular birding trails near Cuyamaca with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
15 days ago

This hike is one of my favorites. Can’t beat the 360 degrees views at the top!

on Big Laguna Trail

1 month ago

If you want to smell pines, this is it!

Started out at the entrance by Campsite and headed to the other end of sunrise highway.

You can pick up more trails to add elevation and mileage to make this “moderate”. You are above 5000ft above sea level - very temperate weather.

Make sure to download maps - cell signal is non-existent.

hiking
3 months ago

Started at Penny Pines pArking and did the PCT section first as there is NO shade

Kind of steep and gravel gong down to Indian Creek

There is some shade the last two miles on the Noble Canyon trail

hiking
3 months ago

Super windy. Bring sturdy shoes. Not a difficult hike technically.

Good fun, nice family hike. Nothing too crazy

hiking
3 months ago

Very cool hike. Was busy due to great weather for PCT hikers. Great view from the start. Going up to the peak is a bit challenging. Amazing views from top. I recommend this hike in cool weather.

mountain biking
4 months ago

Had a blast, generally the trails were easy however there are moderate to difficult trails off the main loop. keep in mind this trail is in Cleveland National Park several thousand feet above sea level. there's a $5 entry fee (honor system) to enter the park and general parking is not well marked. the trail head sits at the center of a camp ground so I sort of made my own parking spot.

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail, great views

mountain biking
5 months ago

Done in March with not many people, not too hard mostly flat but beautiful, nice easy ride on single track.

hiking
5 months ago

An excellent hike for any skill level. I loved the different foliage all around. There are also several geocaches in the area which is fun if you're into that sort of thing.

camping
6 months ago

Cañón de Guadalupe ta’ Cañón

hiking
6 months ago

Nice & easy

Cool area, low incline. Parking wasn’t obvious though, and lots of mountain bikers (campsite is right at start of trailhead).

hiking
7 months ago

We only walked about 10 miles. it has a fantastic meadow. There is water in 2 of the lagoons. The trail is narrow, and pretty flat.

What a great trail to hike when you just need to relax. The sunset portion of the trail offers views all the way to the ocean when the right weather is present. The Big Laguna section offers some really pretty views - especially after the seasonal rains top off the small lakes. I've been hiking a long time and rate this trail as easy but others, when taking the altitude into consideration, might find it more of a challenge.

mountain biking
Sunday, August 06, 2017

Stunning scenery and great trail!

hiking
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

I took my dog to hike the sunset trail and ended up hopping onto the Big Laguna trail since it was such a beautiful day and I wanted a bit longer in the great outdoors. In total, we hiked about 6.5 miles last Sunday July 2nd. Beautiful scenery, the lagoons are full. Lots of cattle in the meadow. Not too strenuous, just keep in mind you are over 5000 ft altitude. More mountain bikers than hikers were present, but definitely not crowded.

on Big Laguna Trail

hiking
Sunday, July 02, 2017

Did this 30 June 2017- amazing! Great start in meadows and beautiful views from PCT last 6 miles.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Hiked this yesterday. It was pretty busy with large groups & lots of mtn bikers, but the scenery & the 2 lakes was worth putting up with the additional humanity. Definitely coming back to explore the side trails, too!

hiking
Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Nice long easy loop. Recommend hiking with a partner as I saw a lot of mountain lion sign.

hiking
Monday, April 17, 2017

Easy hike with Dad. Saw a lot of through hikers since this trail collides with PCT. Lotsa pretty red, yellow, blue, white and purple baby flowers blooming.

hiking
Sunday, April 02, 2017

Easy and relaxing hike with great vista of Laguna Meadows and the Big Laguna Lake. Best time to check it out after the considerable rain experienced in San Diego lately.

Saturday, April 01, 2017

An absolutely beautiful hike! Trail skirts the edge of a small valley, which is rimmed with pine trees and contains several small lakes, thanks to recent winter rains. Can't wait to get out again!

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Easy

trail running
Sunday, January 15, 2017

Nice mixture of terrain.

Sunday, November 06, 2016

New to this area. Easy smooth trail.

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Easy, nice views of meadow, mostly flat hike, you can avoid $5 day use fees at Laguna campground by a mile farther up on Sunrise hwy near Noble Canyon trail

hiking
Monday, September 26, 2016

Beautiful trail, lots of animals, really quiet, no water in the lagoon :( Lots of cows!

mountain biking
Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Biked this on an 82 degree sunny day on July 4 2016. There was nice breeze going so it felt like 75. Completed 10 miles by following the trails the follow the perimeter of the Big Meadow. I hit the trailhead from the El Pardo campground.
There was never a point that requird me to dismount from my mountain bike. It was nice and tight single track 90% of the time with only slight ascents and decents along the way. Good hiking or biking for the whole family. Nothing strenous about this trail. It's all about the wide-open beauty on this trip.

hiking
Monday, June 13, 2016

Great!

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