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