Monument Peak and Foster Point Loop Trail
If you’re looking for hike that traverses the San Diego mountain ranges and overlooks the deserts below, consider hiking Monument Peak and the Foster Point Loop trail. This trail is located in the Mount Laguna area within the Cleveland National Forest. This hike is a loop trail that begins off the Big Laguna trailhead off the Sunrise Highway. The trail leads to the eastern edges of Mount Laguna where there will be expansive views of the Salton Sea and the Sonoran Desert.
From Monument peak, the trail then leads along a portion of the Pacific Crest trail to Foster Point.Foster Point is a rocky outcrop looking down the Laguna Mountains a few thousand feet below. From there the trail leads across Sunrise Highway and into the Laguna campground, Little Laguna Lake, and grassy meadows. Some other notable peaks in the area include, Cuyamaca Peak, Stonewall Peak, and Garnet Peak.
On A Personal Note:
This hike is a great trail for experiencing the moderate seasonal weather that San Diego county has. Spring and summer can offer beautiful flowering meadows while winter bring occasional snow hikes. Both Foster Point and Monument Peak are excellent vantage points of the desert and local mountains.
Have you recently done this trail? Please share any updates to the trail conditions or post recent pictures in the comments below.
- Overall Difficulty: 70% 70%
- Overall Views: 85% 85%
Monument Peak and Foster Point Loop Trail Quick Facts:
Monument Peak and Foster Point Loop Trail Directions:
Park in the small dirt parking lot. Some websites state that you need an Adventure Pass to hike here but to my knowledge, it’s not listed on the Cleveland National Forrest website as a place that you’ll need to display the Adventure Pass. For a list of places that require the Adventure Pass in the Cleveland National Forest, please check the United States Forest Service website or call them directly. America The Beautiful passes are also acceptable.
Monument Peak and Foster Point Loop Trail Pictures:
Who Monument Peak and Foster Point Loop Trail Is For:
Advanced Hikers: This is a great trail for hikers under this category. The views are good and the distance is just challenging enough.
Expert Hikers: This trail pieces togother three significant views: Monument Peak, Foster Point, and the Laguna campground area. The views are great without the elevation that comes along with other trials only suitable for advanced hikers. For a real challenge, try a snoeshoeing adventure during the winter.
It’s always a good idea to be aware of what type of hiking level you’re at.
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Monument Peak and Foster Point Loop Trail Conditions:
The loop to Monument Peak and Foster Point are very well maintained. The trail starts off sunrise highway and works its way up to Monument Point. The trail doubles back then continues to Foster Point. Both of these sites are popular hiking destinations and get a lot of foot traffic. A significant amount of this trail is also made up of the very popular, Pacific Crest Trail. After Foster Point, the trail loops back across the Sunrise Highway and into the Mount Laguna Recreational Area.
I’m actually not a fan of this portion of the trail because it travels through the campground on a paved road.Once through the campground, the paved road turns back into a dirt trail again and travels through the pine meadows that Mount Laguna is known for. This portion of the trail also gives a nice look to the Little Laguna Lake.
While the meadows are nice, my favorite part of the trail is just up to Foster Point. After that, I’d prefer to turn around and just hike through the Mount Laguna meadows separately. Please be alert for rattlesnakes in this region. Most places along this trail are not the right growing conditions for poison oak.