Pacific Crest Trail: CA Section 3

LAGUNA MEADOW to CA 78: Starting on the Laguna Rim, this 25.7-mile leg passes over granite knobs with long views into the undulating desert.
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LAGUNA MEADOW to CA 78: Starting on the Laguna Rim, this 25.7-mile leg passes over granite knobs with long views into the undulating desert.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 41.4

Waypoints

Desert life

Location: 32.982063293457, -116.522598266602

©Jack Haskel

Wildflower Carpets

Location: 33.0074806213379, -116.532981872559

©Jack Haskel

Folded hills

Location: 33.0137634277344, -116.533805847168

©Jack Haskel

PCT034

Location: 32.8967590332031, -116.447563171387

Mount Laguna Campground

PCT035

Location: 32.9261817932129, -116.48168182373

Pioneer Mail picnic area; find the big, round open tank to dip water bottles into.

PCT036

Location: 32.9317626953125, -116.481010437012

Old road over cliffs with great views down towards the desert. Lots of motorcycle eulogies written around here.

PCT037

Location: 32.9659652709961, -116.508583068848

Cross dirt road

PCT038

Location: 32.9654846191406, -116.509033203125

Gross creek: do not drink.

PCT039

Location: 32.9709320068359, -116.513236999512

Lucky 5 water cache

PCT040

Location: 33.0129508972168, -116.52628326416

Upper Chariot Canyon Road

PCT041

Location: 33.0112342834473, -116.523284912109

Go L, regaining trail tread

PCT042

Location: 33.0502014160156, -116.524353027344

Rodriguez Canyon Truck Trail. Go uphill to get water from the obvious, large water tank. Plenty of camping here.

PCT043

Location: 33.0855331420898, -116.470016479492

Go through metal gate

PCT044

Location: 33.0959815979004, -116.472579956055

Road S-2. Water sometimes cached near road.

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Hiker at cache

Location: 33.0955696105957, -116.473663330078

Though stocked in this picture, water caches might be dry or empty. Plan ahead. ©Jack Haskel

Rodriguez Canyon Camp

Location: 33.049934387207, -116.525024414062

View north from top of tank towards camp

Lucky 5 Water Cache

Location: 32.9708023071289, -116.514610290527

Hikers hanging out at the shadeless cache. ©Jack Haskel