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Desert View Trail via Burnt Rancheria Campground

Laguna Mountain Recreation Area

San Diego Metro Area, California

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Desert View Trail via Burnt Rancheria Campground

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  • The trailhead at Burnt Rancheria Campground.- Desert View Trail via Burnt Rancheria Campground
  • A hiker taking in the view.- Desert View Trail via Burnt Rancheria Campground
  • The trail winds through Jeffrey pine forest cover.- Desert View Trail via Burnt Rancheria Campground
  • The trail joins the PCT and gently ascends to the overlook.- Desert View Trail via Burnt Rancheria Campground
  • View of La Posta Creek Canyon.- Desert View Trail via Burnt Rancheria Campground
  • The trail follows a ridge north to the desert overlook.- Desert View Trail via Burnt Rancheria Campground
  • Manzanitas framing La Posta Creek Canyon.- Desert View Trail via Burnt Rancheria Campground
  • View of the trail.- Desert View Trail via Burnt Rancheria Campground
  • There is plenty of shade to be found along this trail.- Desert View Trail via Burnt Rancheria Campground
  • View of the trail.- Desert View Trail via Burnt Rancheria Campground
  • View of the Anza-Borrego Desert below.- Desert View Trail via Burnt Rancheria Campground
  • View of the Anza-Borrego from the Desert View Trail.- Desert View Trail via Burnt Rancheria Campground
  • There are several opportunities for hikers to rest in the shade.- Desert View Trail via Burnt Rancheria Campground
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Pros: 
Beautiful views. Family friendly. Plenty of shade.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
San Diego Metro Area, CA
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Highest point: 
6,050.00 ft (1,844.04 m)
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
None
Permit required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
1.50 mi (2.41 km)
Total elevation gain: 
200.00 ft (60.96 m)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
6,000.00 ft (1,828.80 m)
Typically multi-day: 
No
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The Desert View Trail is a relatively short and easy hike located within Laguna Mountain Recreation Area. Just over a mile long, it is perfect for families with young children and anyone who enjoys wide and open vistas.

There are two trailheads at Burnt Rancheria Campground, one at the northeastern and one at the southern side. Hikers may choose either, as the trail loops back to the campground. Going counterclockwise, the trail meanders through Jeffrey pine forest cover until it merges with the Pacific Crest Trail. As the forest gradually gives way to chaparral, views of La Posta Creek Canyon open up to the southeast. The trail continues north along a ridge, and a short distance later dramatic views of the Anza-Borrego Desert emerge. The light brown color of the desert is a sharp contrast to the lush greenery of the Laguna Mountains. To the north, a former United States Air Force station is marked by radar domes on a mountain peak. Soon the Desert View Trail swings left, leaving the PCT behind, and leads back to Burnt Rancheria Campground through dense forest cover.

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