The Laguna Mountain Recreation Area is located about
60 miles east of San Diego, California. It is atop Laguna Mountain at about 6,000 feet in elevation. The Sunrise
Highway snakes through the Rec Area, in places offering stunning views of the desert floor far below.
Desert view from the Pacific Crest
The area is classified
botanically as Pine/Oak Woodland. It is part of the Peninsular Mountain Range, which extends south into Baja California.
A note on Adventure Passes: The Adventure Pass
program applies in High Impact Recreation Areas (HIRAs) such as parts of the Laguna Mountains. A Day Pass ($5) or Annual
Pass ($30) must be displayed on the dash of parked vehicles in certain areas. Click on the Cleveland National Forest
shortcut on the Links page to learn more about the program.