Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
?
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
2.90 mi (4.67 km)
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Monument Peak is a 3-mile hike in the Laguna Mountains just two hours northeast of downtown San Diego. This hike provides a glance into the great ecological diversity of San Diego County. The trail begins in a cool plateau forest ecotone, and it slowly ascends to the summit through a pine forest that in turn gradually fades to chaparral. At the peak hikers are rewarded with panoramic views as the mountainous landscape sharply descends into the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. On a clear day the view stretches as far as the Salton Sea.

To get there, begin hiking east on the Big Laguna Trail at mile 25.2 along the Sunrise Highway. In around a half-mile, turn left onto the Pacific Crest Trail. In approximately another half-mile, keep right at the fork to follow a trail through the manzanita forest. Soon after, the path widens and turns into a gravel road that ascends to the summit.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

National Forest Adventure Pass required

Pros

Panoramic Views. Wildflowers. Solitude.

Cons

High temperatures in the summer.

Trailhead Elevation

5,700.00 ft (1,737.36 m)

Net Elevation Gain

550.00 ft (167.64 m)

Features

Big vistas
Wildflowers

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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