Walkabout Wilderness Standard Hike

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Walkabout Wilderness Standard Hike, Wednesday, April 19th 2023

“Desert View Hike”   Start time: 9 AM

Meet at Unsigned parking area about 1.5 miles north of the Desert View Picnic area; Mt. Laguna Recreation Area – Mile Marker 25.5

Today’s hike is about 10 miles with approximately 1200 feet of total elevation gain.

From the parking area we will walk a half mile to the PCT and then head north to Penny Pines.  This part of the PCT has some of the most beautiful views of the desert available in any of our hikes.  At Penny Pines we will cross Sunrise Hwy and head south on the Big Laguna Trail passing the (now full) Big Laguna Lake.  The Big Laguna trail ends at the parking area.

Make sure that you review our information in the wilderness section of the Walkabout-int.org newsletter.  www.walkabout-int.org/wilderness-hikes/

There is no Mission Valley carpool.

New hikers must have the permission of the leaders to join.

You must be fully COVID vaccinated to come on this hike.

Pack snack, lunch & water.

Forecast for Wednesday is sunny with a high of 60.


Directions:‚Äč Take I-8 west to S1 (Sunrise Highway) north and go past Desert View Picnic area.  The unsigned parking area is about a mile and half past Desert View on the right side of the HWY – approx mile marker 25.5.  Please note there is a big dip from the HWY to the parking so go slow entering the parking area.  Also at this parking area there is only room for about 6 or 7 cars.   If we have a big turnout; some can park at Desert View and we can shuttle them back.

Hike leaders:
Scott Opis 202-257-2833
Please text with questions or comments