Big Laguna Trail

Mount Laguna, California

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The 6-mile Big Laguna Trail, completed in 1991, wends its scenic way over gently rolling hills and grassy dales, never dipping below 5400 feet of elevation nor rising to more than 5900 feet. By combining the BLT with a 4-mile segment of the Pacific Crest Trail, you can cover a relatively flat 10 miles with lots of varied scenery. Mountain bikers can use the Big Laguna Trail portion of the route described here, but bikes are prohibited on all parts of the PCT, which is reserved for bipedal and quadrupedal creatures (humans, horses, and dogs). On a bike, however, you could close the loop by riding on Sunrise Highway. The cool, dry days of autumn are perfect times to enjoy this loop hike. You’ll walk under wind-battered, 200-year-old Jeffrey pines and spreading black oaks whose golden yellow leaves shimmer in the breeze.

Big Laguna Trail Professional Review and Guide

"The 6-mile Big Laguna Trail, completed in 1991, wends its scenic way over gently rolling hills and grassy dales, never dipping below 5400 feet of elevation nor rising to more than 5900 feet. By combining the BLT with a 4-mile segment of the Pacific Crest Trail, you can cover a relatively flat 10 miles with lots of varied scenery. Mountain bikers can use the Big Laguna Trail portion of the route described here, but bikes are prohibited on all parts of the PCT, which is reserved for bipedal and quadrupedal creatures (humans, horses, and dogs). On a bike, however, you could close the loop by riding on Sunrise Highway. The cool, dry days of autumn are perfect times to enjoy this loop hike. You’ll walk under wind-battered, 200-year-old Jeffrey pines and spreading black oaks whose golden yellow leaves shimmer in the breeze."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Mount Laguna
Distance: 10
Elevation Gain: 900 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 5.5 hours
Season: All year
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Descanso Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Monument Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Big Laguna Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

8/10/2013
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Big, big, BIG meadow is the attraction here with a level trail that encircles it. There is water at the end with plenty of wildlife in it and among the trees. Ample room to spread out and meander with plenty of shaded spots to sit and rest or snack. Bring plenty of water on a hot day. This was a great leisurely stroll that started and ended at the Laguna Mountain Forest campground. We spent the night watching falling stars from the rock pile in the center.


12/26/2009
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This trail is fairly easy, and for all ages. We saw many families, mountain bikers, and even dogs were having a fun time on this trail. The Lake was beautiful, as were the abundunce of trees. Walking through the opening, feels like being in Colorado or Yellowstone, not San Diego County. The trail also connects with other trails for more diverse hikes.


10/10/2009
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This was a really fun hike. We hit the trailhead at 8:00am, and it took us 4.5 hours with a 20 minute lunch stop at an amazing viewpoint on the Pacific Crest Trail. There were not any tough climbs, and most of the trail is flat. This has been my favorite hike in San Diego so far. The 4 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail were fantastic.


6/5/2009
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5/5/2008
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If you're looking for a hike that captures San Diego's diverse ecosystems, this hike will fit the bill. The first segment of this route quickly reaches Big Laguna Lake, meadering along the edges of a pine and oak forest through a lovely meadow. The second segment, where the BLT intersects with the PCT at 6 miles and passes through pine and oak woods, and finally transitions to chaparral. Where the manzanilla is young, you get great views of the Lagunas and Cuyamacas, contrasted with open vistas of the desert floor to the east. I'd recommend this route in early and mid spring; once you hit the PCT, shade is limited and it can get hot very quickly.



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