Desert View Trail is a hiking and horse trail in San Diego County, California. It is within Cleveland National Forest. It is 0.6 miles long and begins at 5,946 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 211 feet. The Desert View Picnic Area and Desert View Picnic Area picnic sites are near the trailhead. There are also parking and restrooms. Near the end of the trail is drinking water.
Desert View Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"The Desert View Trail delivers exactly what its name says. The trail starts by winding south from the edge of the parking lot through a grove of vanilla-scented Jeffrey pines. It then hooks up with the Pacific Crest Trail on a chaparral-covered ridge. Make a left turn there, head generally north on the combined Desert View Trail/PCT, and enjoy the wide-open view of the La Posta Creek canyon yawning below. Farther out, the Laguna range steps down to McCain Valley and the InKo-Pah Mountains, a remote section of high desert."
--Jerry Schad, Afoot & Afield: San Diego County (Wilderness Press).
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