San Diego, CA: Laguna Hills via PCT

This weekend trip strings together cool ravines, desert canyons, and sunset views over the Pacific Ocean.
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This weekend trip strings together cool ravines, desert canyons, and sunset views over the Pacific Ocean.

Mapped by Jack Haskel

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 31.1

Waypoints

LMT001

Location: 32.7318992614746, -116.483367919922

From Boulder Oaks Campground, cross old CA 80 and head NW on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT)

LMT002

Location: 32.7476844787598, -116.451484680176

PCT crosses Kitchen Creek Rd.

LMT003

Location: 32.7622680664062, -116.43928527832

Got a late start? Pitch tent at this shady campsite inside Fred Canyon

LMT004

Location: 32.7717666625977, -116.439102172852

PCT crosses a dirt road

LMT005

Location: 32.8192672729492, -116.41414642334

Refill water @ Long Canyon Creek. Note: The next campsite is dry, so plan on filtering enough water if staying the night

LMT006

Location: 32.8232002258301, -116.417137145996

Flat spots offer a nice wilderness camp

LMT007

Location: 32.828498840332, -116.41780090332

Straight @ 3-way. Spur trail on R leads to water in .2 mi.; expect to cross several dirt roads in next few miles

LMT008

Location: 32.8696327209473, -116.413665771484

Straight @ 3-way

LMT009

Location: 32.8950347900391, -116.43953704834

Straight @ 3-way. Add .1 mi.: Go L to Foster Point; panoramic views of San Jacinto Mtns. (a marker on top identifies surrounding peaks and their distance)

LMT010

Location: 32.8962173461914, -116.448448181152

Desert View Overlook: Views of Salton Sea to the E. Continue N to catch the sun setting behind San Diego and into the Pacific Ocean. Then, head S to Laguna Mtn. Lodge to pick up shuttle or a good night?s sleep