Where to Park: 32.857168, -116.464226 Trailhead: 32.860989, -116.462095
Dog Friendly: Yes Kid-Friendly: Yes
Hike: 8 mile loop Level: Easy (just wear good shoes)
**Adventure pass required**
Note: The map pictured above shows the entire loop trail. You can easily cut this hike short as there are other trails that will intersect before the lake and take you back to the trailhead. This will cut the hike down by around 3 or 4 miles.
The Sunset Trail in Mt. Laguna was such an unexpected surprise the first time I did this hike. I’ve now hiked it around 5 times in under 2 years. It’s just that beautiful that you want to return to it over and over again.
On this hike you will see sprawling meadows (either in hues of yellows, green or white depending on what time of the year you visit), several bodies of water (that occasionally dry up) and scenic views that span all the way to the ocean on a clear day. The hike is packed with variety and beauty, all in under an 8 mile loop.
These trails are frequented by mountain bikers and dogs are allowed on leash, which is always a bonus point for me as my little pup hates being left behind. I’m yet to do this hike in springtime or after a good snowfall so I guess I have at least a few more trips I’ll need to take down the line.