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Just a 60 minute drive east from Downtown San Diego, Laguna Mountain is the perfect day trip to escape the city, get some fresh air, and actually experience real seasons!  There are many trails to choose from in the Laguna Mountain area but Sunset Trail is a gem of the Laguna Mountain and the Cleveland National Forest.  The trail takes hikers traversing through dense forest, vast meadows, grazing cattle, gorgeous viewpoints and during a wet year, a pond and several large lakes. On a clear day, this trail offers impressive panoramic views of mountain ranges, the Pacific Ocean and downtown San Diego. Listed as easy, this trail can range in distance from a 3.25 mile loop or a 9.2 mile round trip out-and-back journey (connecting with the Big Laguna Trail). Located off of Sunrise Highway (SR-1) at mile marker 19.1, parking is located on the shoulder on either side. You will need to purchase an Adventure Pass for your car, passes can be purchased in advance at REI or at the ranger station in Mount Laguna (check ranger station hours in advance).  This trail is an off-leash area for dogs so your well-mannered pup can freely roam beside you on the trail.  It is also great for families, kids, couples, or even solo!

After a morning of hiking you have earned a tasty meal and a cold one.  Stop off at the NEW Alpine Beer Outpost (1347 Tavern Rd. Alpine CA 91901) on your way home for some of the best beer in San Diego.  It’s just off the 8 freeway (exit Tavern Road) in Alpine.  There is something about a special release local IPA after a morning in the mountains that will send you home feeling relaxed and refreshed!

Not a drinker?  Before you hit the 8 freeway stop off at Frosty Burger (28823 Old Hwy 80, Pine Valley, CA 91962) in Pine Valley to experience vintage America.  Grab a burger and a frosty to enjoy at this little burger joint that will have you reminiscing the good old days.  Don’t forget a small vanilla frosty for your pup!

    event Detail
    • Start Date
      Nov, Sunday 29, 2020
    • End Date
      Oct, Thursday 30, 2025
    • Time
      8:00am - 4:00pm
    • Price
      $20-50
    • Address
      Mile marker 19.1 on Sunrise Highway