PCT Indian Creek loop hike

  • February 17, 2013 · 9:00 AM
  • penny pines turn out

For a wide-ranging introduction to this mountain landscape, plus a startling view of the Anza-Borrego Desert, try the following, easy-going, eight-mile walk around the north end of the Laguna Mountain Recreation Area. Much of this area was singed in the 2002 Pines Fire, which means the trees took a hit and look a bit ragged. Nonetheless, the pioneering undergrowth (and its consequent springtime blossoming) is especially impressive in a wet year like this. Note that you will be following the Pacific Crest Trail much of the way, and on that particular trail it is illegal to ride a mountain bike.

This is a great hike along the PCT overlooking the Anza Borrego desert,  then we will then cross the Sunrise highway and continue on our way along the Pine Mtn trail, once we drop down to Indian Creek we will stop for snacks before we climb to Noble canyon and back to the TH.

Bring snacks, water, potty bags and because it the mountains; layers.

need an adventure pass to park, get these at any sporting goods store or the Mt Laguna store


 From SD take 8 east and the turn onto the Sunrise highway.

Begin at the Penny Pines trailhead, mile 27.3 on Sunrise Highway (about four miles north of the community of Mount Laguna), where parking is available along the highway’s wide shoulder. Be sure to post a National Forest Adventure Pass on your parked car.

If anyone would like to carpool, the Grantville trolley station at 730 am would be a great meeting place


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  • Nathan

    Great hike Leanne. Gorgeous day. Wish Snickers wasn't such a protective turd.

    February 17, 2013

  • leanne

    well once again Mt Laguna does not disappoint. great group of people and dogs. it was fantastic to see everyone!

    February 17, 2013

  • Amber

    This was a great hike in a beautiful area. Hiked in sand, dirt, mud and snow all in one day.

    February 17, 2013

  • Bill B.

    Fabulous day to spend with the dog in the snow and trail.

    February 17, 2013

  • Fred

    @leanne: I'm a "maybe". Please don't wait for me—if I go, I'll be early.

    February 16, 2013

  • Melinda

    @Nathan, I would prefer not to meet in Southbay, but if you can make your way to the La Mesa area, I would be up for carpooling. If we take my station wagon, then you could bring both dogs.

    February 13, 2013

    • leanne

      seriously tho, hope you make it, long time no see you and the pups

      February 15, 2013

    • Nathan

      Melinda, I'm going, so where can we meet?

      February 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wish I could!

    February 15, 2013

  • Xanthe B.

    I have a race that morning. I live very close to Laguna, we were there this week with our dogs. Snow is still deep, recommend you bring boots and warm clothing. :)

    February 13, 2013

  • Nathan

    Anyone want to carpool, perhaps from the Southbay, Grantvile Trolley Station, or other? I've got the adventure pass. 2 dogs if possible, could leave one at home.

    February 12, 2013

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