Scheduled Hikes for 2005

 "Area", "Trip" and corresponding page numbers listed for each hike refer to descriptions in Jerry Schad's book "Afoot and Afield in San Diego County". It can be purchased at any major bookstore or online.

Monument Peak Hike

Date:   June 19, 2005  09:00 AM -  05:00 PM
Hike Group:   San Diego Trail Tramps
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Location:    ..... located about 60 miles east of San Diego, in the Laguna Mountains, up the Sunrise Highway, north of I-8... about 16 miles southeast of Julian, 160 miles from Los Angeles (see Mt. Laguna/Garnet Peak maps for 6271' Monument Peak location.)

If hikers leave from the Hillcrest carpool about 9:15 am, they'll arrive at the Mt. Laguna Lodge/Grocery Store and next door Visitor's Center (about 10 miles uphill from Interstate 8 at Pine Valley) about 10:30-10:45. You will need a "National Forest Adventure Pass" ($5) to park along the side of the road near the trailhead. (They're sold at the Mt. Laguna Visitor's Center, Mt. Laguna Grocery Store & Lodge, , and most Big 5 Sporting Goods stores in San Diego itself.) Continue up the Sunrise Highway about 2 more miles, and we'll meet at the trailhead at mile 25.2 at 11:00 am where there is a large parking area on the east side of Sunrise Hwy. (Be sure to park on the shoulder of the highway, and off the pavement.) A trail from the parking area says, "Big Laguna Trail to PCT .5 miles." It's a 1.5 to 2 hr. roundtrip hike, plus a lunch break at the top of Monument Peak. The 2.6 mile roundtrip hike is of moderate difficulty with a 550' elevation gain/loss. Dogs on leash are allowed. Be prepared for last minute weather changes and dress accordingly.



* From the parking area (5760'), follow the Big Laguna Trail to the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT).
* Turn left on the PCT and follow it to a point out of the trees where the radio installations on Monument Peak can be seen. The PCT will shortly make a sharp left turn with another fork going straight ahead.
* Go straight ahead and follow this fork as it swings right and comes to a fenced enclosure with some trailers inside. (This is a NASA laser installation.)
* Turn left and follow the fence around the left side of the installation until you come to a paved road.
* Turn left on this road and follow it up to the summit.

The summit (6271') offers a fine view of the Laguna Mountains and the surrounding area. Point Loma and the Coronado Islands can be seen on a clear day.

For more detailed info. on the area, refer to "Afoot and Afield in San Diego County" by J.Schad, 1998 Edition, Area M-8: Laguna Mountains, Trip 11, p.205, and maps on pp. 192-193.


Below are several shots taken on our hike to Monument Peak in April, 1999:


Above: Monument Peak is the highest point in the top middle of the photo. (Shot taken from the summit of Garnet Peak.)

Below: Water break/group photo along the trail.

Above: Distant view of Cuyamaca Peak on the horizon.

Below: At the summit....