Scheduled Hikes for 2006

  Mount Laguna Campout and Hike
~ New Moon Weekend at Burnt Rancheria Campground ~

October 21-22, 2006
Hike Group:  
San Diego Trail Tramps

Info. URLs: 
Laguna Mountain Volunteer Association (trails and camping info.)
Burnt Rancheria Campground, Cleveland National Forest

The Laguna Mountains are located about 65 miles East of San Diego and up the Sunrise Highway.
Time to check out the autumn colors at Mt. Laguna. If hikers leave from the Hillcrest carpool about 9:15 am on Sunday morning, 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" ($6) to park along the side of the road or in the day use areas of the local campgrounds. (They're sold at the Mt. Laguna Lodge, Visitor's Center, and most Big 5 Sporting Goods stores.) After purchasing your "Adventure Pass", drive about 1/2 mile back down the Sunrise Highway and turn left into the Burnt Rancheria Campground, where we'll rendezvous at the day use parking area near the Amphitheater by 11 am. Dogs on leash are allowed.

For possible hikes in the area, we'll choose one or two from a dozen trails available. (We'll probably do the Desert View/Pacific Crest Trail up to Stephenson Peak and back to the campground.)

For those interested in coming up the day before the hike, overnite camping is available at the Burnt Rancheria Campground. We'll be aiming for a spot around campsites 75-76 on Cherry Loop. (Look for a multi colored flag or windsock to identify our group.) Click here for campground map.)

We've chosen this weekend to campout because it's a new moon and the skies should be clear and dark for star gazing. With any luck, like our August campout, amateur astronomers may show up with their huge telescopes for a "Star Party" in the campground, to share deep space objects/views with us. We may even take the opportunity to visit the Mt. Laguna Observatory on Saturday night, compliments of SDSU.

Contact the for campout details if interested in joining the campout.

Also check out the Weather Report for the San Diego Mountains.

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. Also, check out our Maps of the area for more details.