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Foster Point

Laguna Mountain Recreation Area

San Diego Metro Area, California

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  • The trail begins on the shoulder of Sunrise Highway.- Foster Point
  • The trail passes through Flathead Flats, a lightly-forested slope.- Foster Point
  • Wildflowers blooming along the trail.- Foster Point
  • The trail passes by a burned area.- Foster Point
  • Flathead Flats.- Foster Point
  • Wildflowers blooming along the trail.- Foster Point
  • Wildflowers blooming along the Pacific Crest Trail.- Foster Point
  • Wildflowers blooming along the trail.- Foster Point
  • The rolling hills of Laguna Mountain Recreation Area.- Foster Point
  • Veer right for the final stretch to Foster Point.- Foster Point
  • Foster Point lookout.- Foster Point
  • Dramatic views of the desert below from Foster Point.- Foster Point
  • Foster Point is ideal for bird-watching.- Foster Point
  • Where the mountains meet the desert.- Foster Point
  • View from Foster Point.- Foster Point
  • View from Foster Point.- Foster Point
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Panoramic views. Short trail. Bird watching.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
San Diego Metro Area, CA
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Highest point: 
5,830.00 ft (1,776.98 m)
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
National or state forest pass
Permit required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Total Distance: 
1.50 mi (2.41 km)
Total elevation gain: 
160.00 ft (48.77 m)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
5,665.00 ft (1,726.69 m)
Typically multi-day: 
No
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Foster Point is a short and easy hike within the high-altitude getaway that is Laguna Mountain Recreation Area. The 1.4-mile trail traverses a gently sloping terrain, making it suitable for young children and those new to hiking.

The trail begins at mile 25.7 on Sunrise Highway, directly across the road from the entrance to Horse Heaven Group Camp. The first quarter of a mile navigates through an area called Flathead Flats, a gently sloping hillside speckled with oaks and pines. The trail then merges with a section of the Pacific Crest Trail, where the landscape gradually changes from forested to chaparral. Veer right at the next intersection and follow the signs for the final stretch to Foster Point. At the top, hikers are rewarded with 360-degree views of a unique zone where the mountains meet the desert. There is a direction-finder, built by the Sierra Club, that signifies 17 surrounding mountain peaks. The view encompasses the Laguna Mountains, the Anza-Borrego desert, and the Sawtooth Mountains Wilderness below.

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