Laguna Mountain Recreation Area, Mount Laguna

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The Laguna Mountains are a mountain range of the Peninsular Ranges System in eastern San Diego County, southern California. The mountains run in a northwest/southeast alignment for approximately 35mi.
The mountains have long been inhabited by the indigenous Kumeyaay people.
The Laguna Mountains are bordered by the Cuyamaca Mountains area on the west and the Colorado Desert on the east, where the mountains form a steep escarpment along the Laguna Salada Fault. To the north the Laguna Mountains are bounded by the Elsinore Fault Zone and to the south by Cameron Valley and Thing Valley.
The highest point is Cuyapaipe Mountain at 6378ft. The mountains are largely contained within the Cleveland National Forest. Snow falls on the highest peaks several times a year. Mount Laguna is a village in the Laguna Mountains with a population of about 80.
The headwaters of three perennial streams begin in the Laguna Mountains: Noble Creek, Cottonwood Creek, and Kitchen Creek.
The Laguna Mountains extend northwest about 35mi from the Mexican border at the Sierra de Juárez range. The Sawtooth Range and In-Ko-Pah Mountains are adjacent to the east. The Santa Rosa Mountains lie further to the northeast. The Cuyamaca Mountains are adjacent along the west.
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  • VISTAS SO DRAMATIC, MAKES YOU WANT TO SING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM. In October 2018, I visited Laguna Mountain two weekends in a row. I decided that the views from the cliffs overlooking Anza Borrego Dese...  more »
  • Left for mount laguna to see shooting stars in the night of san lorenzo, we find ourselves in peace interrupted by wind in the pines (a rarity near san diego). Opportunity to stay (I do not know at what price) in huts for rent nearby del monte.
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