About Mount Laguna

Things to do in Mount Laguna

Located on the eastern edge of San Diego, Mount Laguna’s peaks range from 4000 to 6400 feet. We are surrounded by the Cleveland National Forest, providing an excellent number of outdoor opportunities.  


Stop at a viewpoint – Drive along Sunrise Highway and stop at several viewpoints to enjoy breathtaking scenery and take photos! The best view is often considered to be Kwaaymaii Point. Foster Point provides great views of the mountains as well.

Go hiking – The Laguna Mountains contain many wonderful trails. Most famous is the Pacific Crest Trail (from the book and movie Wild), although the Sunset Trail and Desert View Trail are also excellent choices. You can walk next door (directly south) to the Burnt Rancheria Campground and walk numerous trails. We recommend downloading the All Trails app for more options. Please take proper precautions!

Visit the General store – At 6000 feet sits the Laguna Mountain Lodge & Store, an old fashioned general store ran by Tom McWay, our unofficial “mayor”! 

Eat at The Pine House Cafe – located right in front of Tiny House Block is The Pine House Cafe, a French-American restaurant owned and operated by pastry chef, Eric Felix. Come enjoy a breakfast croissant, fondue, or a simple burger & fries in this historic building, first opened in 1943.

Play in the Snow – Mount Laguna holds the rare distinction of being a San Diego region that receives snow. Enjoy snowball fights, sledding, photo-taking, and more!

Mountain Biking, Off-Roading, or Stargazing – Noble Canyon is a popular mountain biking area. Thing Valley Road presents great off-road opportunities. As the Laguna Mountains are located on the edge of San Diego County, and adjacent to the Anza-Borrego Desert, there is less light polution for stargazing and night hiking.