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

Very enjoyable hike. Wildflowers, butterflies, interesting bugs. Absolutely no one else on the trail on a weekday afternoon, so nice and isolated feeling. I wanted to stay and enjoy the incredible 360° view from the very top, but it was so incredibly windy, I thought I would be blown off the side of the mountain. Gorgeous.

many of the paths are closed and don't even connect....but I made it work and had a great time! bring plenty of water, I also saw a lot of mountain bikers.

hiking
27 days ago

This is by far probably one of my favorite hikes! The view from the peak is just spectacular! We hiked it later in the day in the heat so we had the trail and peak to ourselves. There is little to no shade on this trail so if you plan on hiking during the warmer months be sure to bring lots of water, sunscreen, a hat, and clothing to help shield you from the sun. It is a fairly short trail and the elevation gain is minimal making this an easy trail. The trail intersects with the PCT about 0.6 miles in so you can add more mileage to your hike if you choose. There are no bathrooms near the trailhead, but the visitor center isn't too far down the road. Saw lots of lizards, butterflies, dragonflies, and birds - did not see any snakes but I'm sure there were some around given the terrain.

hiking
1 month ago

i love the laguna area. especially this pct stretch up there. no where else in the county you can get the full appreciation of forested green mountain tops, with sweeping panoramic views tailing into the desert. go during a high pressure system because you can see clear across the salton sea to the chocolate mountains east of he city of pope. bring water and food, shelter too because you may not want to come down from there.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome hike. Took my kite with me to fly at the peak. Beautiful location. No shade so hat is recommended.

Beautiful views!

hiking
2 months ago

We took about an hour hiking up and what a view!! Well worth the walk. It was a bit rocky once the grade began, but nothing onerous. Take plenty of water!

It as mid 90's by the time we got going. We took lots of water, but only made it to about 200 yards beyond the big rock. My sweetie can't take the heat and altitude. She had the drumming heartbeat and had to stop to rest often. I guess you can't beat youth. We're on the high side of 60. Lots of wildflowers. Not a lot of water in the creek. A younger couple told us that the 'falls' were pretty weak. If you're going to hike this trail at this time of year, start early.

Muy Buen lugar me parecio medio tirandole a duro (hard) pero tienen preguntas de cual quier cosa desde permiso les dejo mi email con toda confianza dither_bm@yahoo.com

hiking
3 months ago

My family and our dog hiked this on Mother's Day. It was cool in the shade but warm in the sun, so layers were good. My kids are 8 and 11, and this was a very easy hike (I left my boots in the garage at home and did this in my husband's birks, 2 sizes too big). I will say that there are many trail junctions, so a map is necessary to know how to stay on the loop that you want.

The meadow was gorgeous and this is one of the most fragrant hikes I've been on in California (pines). We saw a handful of mountain bikers (which this trail is great for!) and a few walkers, but many long stretches alone. Overall, a very pleasant and peaceful walk.

Hiked this yesterday, but from a different starting point. Not a lot of water left, but the wildflowers are pretty gorgeous out there right now. I left wanting so much more of the PCT!

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful, sunny day today. Yellow, white, and purple wildflowers were in bloom. Ran into about a dozen people during the hike (mid-day), about 50/50 mountain bikers to hikers. Nice combination of exposed and limited shade. Very easy grade. Lots of birds - spring is in the air. Dry - bring water and chap stick. Wonderful, pine tree smell!

hiking
3 months ago

I stumbled upon this trail by accident and am glad I did. The view at the top is incredible and the trail itself is very quiet. It’s windy at the top so bring a lightweight jacket.

Beautiful views, I wish they had a sign that directed you to the waterfall, I missed the split trail and ended in in the freeway in Campo. Next time I know!

Pretty easy trail, for the last part we walked over the rocks to get a pod view of the falls, was great but not spectacular.

hiking
4 months ago

absolutely stunning hike!! didn’t pass a single person on the trail. very very rocky. don’t take dog unless they can climb up some smaller rocks and have tough pads. view at the top is incredible make sure u go up as far as u can go!

hiking
4 months ago

an awesome, easy trail with moderate elevation and beautiful pools at the end! so worth it! went in march and the weather was perfect. some shade, the sun wasn’t too bad out in the exposed areas either, and the water in the pools was clean and refreshing. highly recommended!

hiking
4 months ago

Enjoyable hike. With the recent rain and snow (winter months) there was a fair amount of water on the middle bend; just a little pond. Going is pretty easy, all down hill. Coming is uphill, but not steep at all. Take your time and enjoy the scenery. The open planes are always nice to see when hiking this particular area of Laguna.

great trail it is apart of the PCT so about 2ish miles in there is a sign that says no bikes on the trail and that's where you go left to stay on this trail and not fallow the PCT. water is running.

A fun little trek to a group of pools and some small falls. Met a handful of thru-hikers on day 2 of their PCT journey.

5 months ago

Good trail. Nice and quiet.

I visited the falls a day after we had some good rain. Parking was easy to find and the trail was well marked! We had the trail to ourselves and loved the scenery! The first chance you have to branch off the trail onto another, that is the trail to the falls. If you stay straight that will just continue on the PCT. I had my dogs with me so didn't hike down as far as I could have due to the rocks. Very peaceful!

This was a really nice hike about 1 hour out of San Diego and really easy acesss to the trailhead, I actually went to Foster Point then followed the PCT to Monument Peak a little back tracking but turned out to be a nice way to add more milage to the hike :)

My family and I loved this trail. Will most definitely do it again.

Did it at sunrise and completely worth it, even with sub 20F temperatures. A great hike and beautiful view!

The path was well travelled and easy to follow. I did hike past the side trail to the falls because I wasn't paying attention. The granite rock around the falls is beautiful. It is a nice place to rest or eat a snack around the creek and there are plenty of good views along the hike.

Did this today with my mom it was a nice hike found the falls no problem

trail running
6 months ago

Great trails. The big lake has water but the other ones are dry. Wonderful hike/trail run beautiful up here the weather is great.

This trail is part of the PCT trail so, about the 2 mile mark you need to turn left to go down to the creek. It can easily be missed. The creek was flowing nicely. Very cool area and nice hike to it. Recommend

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