Explore the most popular kid friendly 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.

Did the counterclockwise loop, first half is alpine meadows and forest then once you get to the PCT it transitions to desert hills with amazing views of the desert.

What a great hike , talk about a mix up of different terrain around every corner!

You work up a good sweat just enough to keep you awake and feeling good!

5/5 recommended

We height the back Loop of this Trail 12 miles today. Started on the PCT looped all the way around to both Laguna Lakes and back out to Trailhead. Great day with great folks!

great trail, could wander around there all day! will definitely be going back to explore more!

Good, steady moderate trail. First half terrain, pure mountains and second half pure high desert. Great views of Anza Borrego and the walk through Laguna meadows is beautiful. Damage from the prior fire very evident in some sections. If your on foot keep an eye out for the mountain bikers... Laguna meadows seems to be a popular trail for them.

3 months ago

This is a trail less traveled compared to others around the area. It’s cool because it’s like Forrest hiking. Once you get off the PCT it does get narrow and lots of manzanita bushes. Looking at the antenas on top is a turn off but the views are pretty damn good. Comfortable hike.

4 months ago

Fun little hike. Once you get past the PCT trail and on to the main trail up to Monument Peak it can get very narrow with overgrown hedges. I would suggest wearing pants and something long sleeved that you would mind getting hung or brushed up against some branches. Otherwise, a very good time. View from the top is great. Rated moderate, but I would call this an easy one.

I did the BLT > PCT loop, which I highly recommend starting with the BLT. I went towards the Noble Canyon trail, but took a left at the junction instead of continuing to Noble Canyon/Pine Valley. There were several mountain bikers as well. You'll know you're on the right trail when it says "To PCT".

About an hour in, you get to see the Laguna Meadows which was beautiful. I stopped at the Lake to eat my lunch. Getting back onto the trail, I got to a point where there was a fence with an opening in front of me and a mini wooden 5 foot long bridge on my right. I took the right, which lead to the PCT. I believe if you go straight, it leads to the campground.

Note: always follow the signs that says BLT TO PCT. If there isn't a PCT on the sign, don't go that way if you want to do the loop.

There were a couple other times where there was a junction and no sign, so I took out my map (which I uploaded to this page) and my iPhone compass, and easily found the right path.

The BLT is mostly meadows while the PCT is more mountains. The PCT was amazing, and when you reach the first junction on the PCT, you'll see a mountain to your right which you can quickly climb and see the amazing view. I would highly suggest this, it takes about 45 minutes there and back including pictures.

Getting pack onto the PCT, I stopped by Forester Point, which is an awesome spot to take a break and have a snack. Then I got back onto the PCT and finished. I got back around 5 (started at 11:30), and the sun was setting so I didn't get a chance to go up Garnet Peak. If you have another 2 miles in you, I heard it's pretty nice up there.

This took my 5 hours because I took a rather long lunch break at the Laguna Lake and hung out at Forester Point for a bit. The trails are very well kept and not much climbing whatsoever (unless if you are climbing up the mountain on the PCT to take pictures)

Overall, I highly recommend this for an easy 10 mile day hike. Easy as in your quads, butt, hamstrings, won't be on fire since it's a gradual incline. If you want, there are a good amount of camping spots on the PCT portion of the loop.

One of my favorite trails.

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!

11 months ago


Wednesday, August 09, 2017

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
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

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.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

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

Monday, May 22, 2017

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

Sunday, April 09, 2017

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.

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Beautiful view

mountain biking
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

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.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Beautiful view!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Great view of desert, mostly flat on West side of Sunrise hwy

Monday, January 16, 2017

Did this hike after it snowed. We barely saw any people, except for some mountain bikers at the very beginning. Great trail to do in the winter when there's snow, or in the spring when the grass is green and the lake is full. Definitely not a difficult trail, so it's great to do sections of it with little kids. I'm looking forward to doing the whole trail when there's no snow on the ground.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

My Son (14) did about half this hike. Lots of snow and we didn't see anyone once we got away from the trail head. Absolutely beautiful up there. The weather was very nice. Clear and about 40 degrees.

Monday, November 28, 2016

What a wonderful experience. Rain, winds and snow made for a thrilling time. Can't wait to do it again. In rain, the trail becomes more of a small creek and water proof boots would be almost a must.

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