Desert View Trail

Mount Laguna, California

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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.
Afoot & Afield: San Diego County

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Afoot & Afield: San Diego County

by Jerry Schad (Wilderness Press)

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.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Mount Laguna
Distance: 1.3
Elevation Gain: 150 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Season: All year
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Descanso Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Mount Laguna
Driving Directions: Directions to Desert View Trail

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