The Laguna Mountains are less than an hour from San Diego, but they feel like a very different place. A popular outdoor recreation destination, mostly within Cleveland national Forest’s Descanso Ranger District, Laguna Mountain Recreation Area offers campgrounds and numerous hiking, mountain biking and equestrian trails located in forests of Jeffrey pine. The small village of Mount Laguna is the epicenter of activity for the area, and is popular stop over for Pacific Crest Trail through hikers in the spring. The area receives around 2 feet of snow annually. The Laguna Mountain Visitors Center is a great place to get oriented.

Terrain Type(s): Mountain

Average Precipitation: 17 inches

Average Temperature: 56° Fahrenheit

Annual High Temperature: 103° Fahrenheit

Annual Low Temperature: 13° Fahrenheit

More Info

Official Website: Visit Website

Information Number: 619-445-6235


Driving Directions

Laguna Mountain Recreation Area is located 50 miles east of San Diego. Take I-8 to Sunrise Highway exit and go approximately 10 miles to the Mount Laguna visitors center, which is just past Laguna Mountain Lodge on the left. The visitors center is open Fridays 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, Saturdays, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sundays 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Coordinates: 32.8456,-116.4825