Numerous and varied hiking trails are available on the mountain. Hike difficulty ranges from short and easy (Kwaaymii Point) to long and challenging (Cottonwood Creek). The Visitor Center has numerous books detailing the hiking trails in Mount Laguna, including Hiking Trails of The Laguna Mountain Recreation Area published by the Laguna Mountain Volunteer Association. Maps are also available.
Trails are used by hikers, runners, mountain bicycle riders, and horseback riders. Horses are not allowed on all trails so check with Visitor Center for current information regarding which trails are open to horses.
Be safe on the trail. Take plenty of water, sun-screen and a hat. Wear appropriate clothes for seasonal warmth or cold.
Favorite hikes listed in the Volunteer Association hiking trails book and Afoot and Afield in San Diego County by Jerry Schad are:
- Big Laguna Trail – 11.4 miles
- Desert View Trail – 1.3 miles
- Cottonwood Creek Falls – 3.6 miles
- Foster Point – 1.4 miles
- Garnet Peak – 2.4 miles
- Indian Creek Trail – 8.0 miles
- Kwaaymii Trail – 1.0 mile
- Lightening Ridge Trail – 1.5 miles (Loop)
- Noble Canyon Trail – 10 miles (One way)
- Oasis Spring – 2.0 miles
- Wooded Hill Nature Trail – 1.5 miles (loop)
- The Laguna Mountain Volunteer Association website, Camping and Hiking, is a good source for Laguna Mountain trail hike information.