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
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.