Area Information

From the I-8 Freeway

Exit Sunrise Highway – Exit 47 – and & head North. Go approximately 10 miles to the top of the mountain. At mile post 23.5, the Laguna Mountain Lodge is on your left.

From Julian

Head East on Highway 78 and turn right on Highway 79. Go approximately 6 miles then turn left onto Sunrise Highway. Go about 15 miles up the mountain. At mile post 23.5, the Laguna Mountain Lodge is on your right


Mt. Laguna’s geography is unique. At 6273 ft. above sea level, it’s one hour to the Pacific Ocean & forty-five minutes to the dry heat of the Anza Borrego Desert.

Terrain ranges from grassy meadows with small lakes, to deep & lush forest, with desert peaks on the east rim.


Enjoying the outdoors is what Mt. Laguna is all about with hiking, cycling & enjoying the array of mountain roads & trails. In the winter, cross country skiing, sledding & snow fun abounds!

The Lodge features a swing set, horseshoe pit & shuffleboard on site.


The views from Mt. Laguna are spectacular! Enjoy the eastern views which span to the Salton Sea & drop 2000 ft. down shear cliffs to the Anza Borrego Desert.

To the west, on clear days, the city of San Diego, as well as the Pacific Ocean, can be seen from roadway turnouts & mountain hillside trials.


Come and look for wildlife that thrive & roam the mountain. You can find mule deer, raccoons, squirrels,  bobcats, turkey, coyotes, chipmunks and even the endangered southwestern arroyo toads.

A large assortments of migratory birds use the mountain & meadows for summer nesting and breeding sites.

Photo Credits – Thanks to ALL who contributed images to the website: Bret Brennan, Joshua D’Antoni, Betty Davis Connor, Bruce Huff, Engin Kaplan, Christina Kelley-Mumford, Karen Maxted, John McCormic, John, Carmen & Cori McWay, Shawn Reynante