You don't have to drive too far from San Diego to find new places to explore. Case and point, Mount Laguna. A quick 50-minute drive east on the I-8 will drop you right to the base of the mountain. The landscape on the way there is pretty desert-like until you start to ascend and soon enough you're enveloped in pine trees. The air temperature drops dramatically on the drive up to the summit. On this particular occasion, we chose a trailhead about 5 minutes down the road from the top of the mountain, Sunset Trailhead.
This trail was populated mostly by mountain bikes, but don't let that deter you. It was a flat, people-friendly, semi-shaded trail that loops around back to the street. About ~2 miles in we turned back the way we came because the loop is actually rather big and goes around the entire ravine.
What struck me most about this hike was how QUIET it was. It's so striking. You get out of your car and expect to hear the hustle and bustle but it's completely silent except for the wind through the trees. It's eerie, but I love it. Your brain sometimes needs a break from the city life, ya feel me? Other than the occasional mountain biker (cyclist?) asking to pass you, you basically have the trail to yourself. Just you and Mother Nature.
I'm hoping to go back in the fall or winter and play in the snow! YES, it does snow there! How amazing is San Diego that you can go surfing in the morning, drive through the desert and get to the mountains to play in snow all in ONE day? What a life.
Here are the rest of my favorite pics from our hike :)
The best adventures are ahead,