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One of my favorite trails.

This was one of our favorite hikes we’ve done since moving to San Diego a little over a year ago. Great views, great scenery, and well marked trails. We went in late November so everything was pretty dry but still very beautiful. Took us about 4 hours to complete including a lunch break and frequent water breaks. Overall the hike was not very strenuous at all. The only mildly difficult part was summiting Monument Peak at the beginning of the hike. 10/10 would recommend this hike to anyone looking for a change of scenery from the surrounding desert landscape.

I thought that Monument Peak and Foster Ridge were the only noteworthy views along the trail. Monument Peak is right off the road and was my favorite part. The peak is about a mile or so in off the trail head off the road and is worth it for the view of the west facing mountains giving way to the desert. The color contrasts between the two are amazing. The last half of the loop isn't really worth it. The majority of it goes through the Mt. Laguna Campground. Also, the trail is rated as moderate but I thought it was pretty easy - it was essentially flat the whole entire way except for Monument Peak.

A solid hike. Nice views of desert.

This was such a scenic hike. I want to do it again soon.

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.

Great Hike, Great App.

A great moderate trial includes forest, meadow and desert view!


5 months ago

July 27th - Beautiful day - Beautiful hike - moderate effort due to length and altitude. There were several mountain bikers otherwise deserted. There were Mountain lion tracks on the upward trail to the Sunrise Highway. Saw a single deer off the PCT.

trail running
6 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.

Fun and easy trail.

First time hiking this area. Beautiful views. Trails are well marked.

7 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.

Beautiful hike, lots of green meadows

Beautiful hike, lots of green meadows

9 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.

Beautiful view

mountain biking
10 months ago

I am trying to get back into riding and this was a great trail to gauge my ability. Not too difficult, but enough technical sections to let me know I need do put in some more work.

10 months ago

Beautiful view!

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