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

hiking
muddy
3 days ago

Very nice views out over the desert as the name implies. A little muddy from all the recent rain. Fast and fun.

Great easy hike, well maintained and marked trail, nice view of Anza Borrego. Picnic area/parking closed to public this day. Parked on street.

Great views with the pines on one side and desert on the other.

scenic driving
20 days ago

Very beautiful drive, especially in the snow. It was a very easy drive that any vehicle could do.

This was a cool hike, but I would not go too far out of my to do this one. The viewpoint is very close to the starting point. Overall the hike was not too challenging and was enjoyable.

Great view of the Salton Sea! A couple of the picnic tables have amazing views while you eat! Easy trail. Took our five year old son and 6 month old puppy. They loved it! The trail head is marked by some pink flags so as not to be confused with another trail (Pacific Crest trail) which doesn't loop.

Beautiful hike but don’t go on a hot day, not many trees to hid under. Can’t wait to hike it again in the winter. It was a wonderful backpacking experience to camp on a peak

Good hike stayed the night and enjoyed the sunrise

i dont like too much,

hiking
Sunday, November 26, 2017

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.

hiking
Saturday, November 25, 2017

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.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Beautiful

hiking
Thursday, November 24, 2016

Love this place. Stone's throw from the Laguna Lodge with amazing views. Can see clear across the Salton sea to Pope on a clear day.

hiking
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Trail starts at the Mt. Laguna campground near the day parking lot. Nice trail, great views. Lots of wildlife. Dogs allowed on a leash.

hiking
Monday, December 28, 2015

This is a short point to point trail from the Desert View Picnic Grounds to Burnt Rancheria Campground, offering refreshing desert view with Salton Sea off to the distance; there are parking at the picnic area. Went during winter, after a light snow shower, the trail was covered in couple inches of beautiful white snow.

hiking
Monday, August 04, 2014

Great little trail. A stretch of the PCT that has stunning views. Dog friendly too.

hiking
Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Ah, the good ol' nature trail! Desert View is one of my favorites for a nice brisk walk. It's easy, with little elevation gain, plenty of shade, and still some amazing views. I like to start at the Desert View picnic grounds down the road, then head south on the PCT to where it intersects with the nature trail. From the rocky outcropping (you can't miss it) on a clear day, you can take pictures of the Salton Sea. It's got some of the best views on the mountain, a nice bench right in the middle, and ends in a campground with easy access to the highway. Definitely recommend this for all ages and skill levels!

scenic driving
Saturday, January 22, 2011

Fun drive through the Cuyumaca Mountains. Check the weather, the highway passes through Mount Laguna which is a popular snow spot for San Diegans; during winter snow parked cars may be lined up and down both sides of the road while the kids run up the hills to sled.

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