Explore the most popular lake 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.

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.

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.

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!

I really enjoyed this trail along with the pups.

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.

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.

Beautiful, easy hike!

Loved the hike!!! It was a beautiful day and the lake was so serene. Saw ducks, hawks and woodpeckers. Great way to start the day and it’s well marked so the loop was super easy to follow!

8 months ago

This was a great hike for our alternative Thanksgiving Feast.The hike is easy and a leisurely pace with plenty of stops for photos got us through the almost 6 mile loop in under 3 hours.There is a perfect picnic spot at the far end of the lake with plenty of shade and big rocks to sit on while you dine!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

brought my 13 yr old son and his friend for the weekend. meteor shower was epic there. we hiked all over(locally) really easy and fun.

trail running
Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Starts off with a decent run. However becomes more of a bike trail and very difficult to stay a running trail. If you are hiking or riding a bike, it's nice but for running, it has a lot of obstacles.

I took my 5 month old black lab to do this hike last weekend. It was perfect! We climbed to the top of the hill and didn't see any other hikers until we made it back down to the meadow. We turned onto the Big Laguna trail to get in a longer hike and wound up hiking about 6.5 miles total. I brought barely enough water for the extended hike but luckily the lagoons are full right now so the dog had plenty and she even took a dip to cool off on the way back to Sunrise Highway. We took our time since this was the longest hike I've taken my dog on this far. We made it back to the car in about 3.5 hours. Not too strenuous, but the altitude at 5000+ ft makes the climb a bit more difficult so keep in mind. Lots of scenery and animals in the meadow. We saw deer and cattle. Lots of birds. One snake near the lagoon. It's a winner. I would do this hike again.

Monday, June 12, 2017

nice hike

Monday, June 12, 2017

great hike

Great easy little hike. We took our sweet time and enjoyed the journey and the stunning views.

on Agua Dulce Loop Trail

Monday, November 28, 2016

Awesome hike in the snow/rain. Wear waterproof boots FYI

on Big Laguna Lake Loop

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Walked this trail after the last snow of the season. Narrow rail was rutted from foot traffic and mountain bikers.

Dog-friendly. Easy loop. Print your trail guide at home. Areas of no cell service, follow the trail or wander off.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Nice short loop (about 2 miles) and relatively flat.

Sunday, December 06, 2015

Fun hike. Not many people lots of birds and plant life. Saw a bobcat!

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Nice. But with the water situation what it is and the cow pies we ran into, you are better off just taking a stroll in the first meadow from the campground.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Very beautiful hike year-round. In the winter there will be snow, in the spring it can be very green (if it's been a wetter winter), and even in the summer when the grasses have dried it's still pretty with the golden color on the ground and the green pines.

It's a fairly easy hike with a couple of spots with great views across the range. Even though you start out at the road, in not too long you are in dense enough trees that it's quiet and very beautiful. See my profile and my track for a much more detailed review and photos!

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