San Diego: Pacific Crest Trail (Long Canyon)

This aggressive 20.2-mile loop snakes past canyon walls and up aggressive ridgelines to stellar views of the Laguna Mountains and beyond.
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This aggressive 20.2-mile loop snakes past canyon walls and up aggressive ridgelines to stellar views of the Laguna Mountains and beyond.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 24.1

Waypoints

SDPCT001

Location: 32.8584403991699, -116.41609954834

Trail begins behind campsite 49; follow signs to Desert View Trail; no obvious signs for PCT

SDPCT002

Location: 32.841667175293, -116.418441772461

Cross a fire road leading into La Posta Canyon; trail flattens until you cross Thing Canyon fire road; stay W of the fire roads down to Kitchen Creek by the Cibbets Flat camp area

SDPCT003

Location: 32.8318862915039, -116.419807434082

View W across Morris Ranch

SDPCT004

Location: 32.8202629089356, -116.417259216309

Viewpoint E up Long Canyon

SDPCT005

Location: 32.8082695007324, -116.423538208008

Best view SW down Long Canyon; hike S and look for views and photo ops; head N-NE

SDPCT006

Location: 32.7717704772949, -116.439376831055

Fred Canyon Road; rest under oaks

SDPCT007

Location: 32.7787399291992, -116.42276763916

I-8 is visible in the distance on the hillside; veer N-NW

SDPCT008

Location: 32.8131484985352, -116.407997131348

Head N to Waypoint 2; return to campground