Cleveland National Forest

Mount Laguna is part of the 460,00 acre Cleveland National Forest. The Forest is organized in three districts across Southern California. Mount Laguna is part of the Descanso District. The Cleveland National Forest website has current information about recreation activities, campgrounds, natural history and cultural history of the Mount Laguna area, road status and forest updates. Click Cleveland National Forest for the website.

Please see the MT LAGUNA page for an overview of the community including information about restaurants, stores, and organization on the mountain.

Forest Service and the Cabins

The Mount Laguna cabins are leased from the U.S. Forest Service. Cabin permits are granted in 10-year segments and can be renewed.Fall cabin Cabins must remain in compliance with Forest Service regulations regarding cabin appearance, maintenance, and annual brush and debris clearance around the cabin.

Forest Service authorization must be secured prior to taking some actions with your cabin. Please contact the following Forest representative for information regarding cabin construction or improvements, selling or transferring a cabin, and removing hazardous dead trees.

Cleveland National Forest Administrative Representatives

Cabin sale or transfer, construction or improvements; dead or hazardous tree removal

Kim Villa, Recreation Residence Permit Administrator

  • Email:
  • Phone: (858) 971-5415

General cabin questions, recreation facilities use

Tracy Knapp, Acting Recreation & Lands Officer

  • Email:

  • Phone: (619) 445-6235 ext 3435

Bob Heiar, District Ranger – Descanso District

  • Email:

  • 3348 Alpine Boulevard; Alpine, CA 91901

  • Phone: (619) 445-6235

Scott Tangenberger – Forest Supervisor

  • Email:
  • 10845 Rancho Bernardo Road; San Diego, CA 92127
  • Phone: (858) 673-6280 ext 3082