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Big Laguna Trail

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

10.2 mile 16.5 kilometer loop
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 971' 296 m
Descent: -965' -294 m
High: 5,986' 1,824 m
Low: 5,364' 1,635 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 16% (9°)

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Trail shared by Russell Hobart

The trail ranges from alpine meadows to big vistas looking down toward the desert.

Russell Hobart

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · Views

Need to Know

Bring sun protection and plenty of water.

Description

From the roadside parking lot, head west and jump on the trail. Quickly turn left into the mixed trees and chaparral. Wind around the hill and you'll soon encounter the Filaree Flat Spur and the Sunset Trail. Stay left in both cases.

From here, the trail edges an alpine field and eventually Big Laguna Lake. Before you reach the end of the lake, you'll pass the El Prado Spur to your left. Continue on to the end of the lake to find the Big Laguna Trail Alternate to your right.

The trail begins to head east here. Continue through a lovely section of open field and tree-covered hills. At this point, you begin to rise steadily. Stay left as you pass the Kemp Spur and Escondido Spur.

From here the trail begins to drop and head more north. The trees grow larger and in sections the forest thicker. Cross the Sunset Highway and, a half mile later, turn left as the trail joins the PCT: Campo to Warner Springs.

Now it begins to feel like you have crossed over to the other side of the coastal range. The trees begin to spread out and shrink, and you get good views looking east into the stark desert in the distance.

The trail continues to carve along the edge of a large drop off with big vistas. Eventually the trail mirrors the road and finally returns to the parking lot where you started.

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Jun 6, 2019
Chris Sandeen
Mar 30, 2019
Deniz TheHiker
Mar 17, 2019
Taylor Kirk
10mi — 3h 15m
Oct 28, 2018
Tim Vechik
A fun, beautiful trail with amazing fall colors! 9.8mi
May 12, 2018
Brandon Walker
Apr 22, 2018
Rebekah Jerig
Dec 30, 2017
Mateo Juez
Oct 8, 2017
Gretchen Blair
GREAT HIKE 10.2mi

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  4.8 from 8 votes

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#90

in California

#602

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Looking at out at the desert from the PCT.
Jun 7, 2015 near Pine Va…, CA

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