Laguna Campground

Cleveland National Forest

Starry Night

Cleveland National Forest
Attractions and Activities

Visitors to the Cleveland National Forest find many interesting places to visit. Campers at Laguna Campground have the bonus of educational programs and weekly star parties.

  • Attend Star Parties at Laguna Mountain and Palomar Mountain.
  • Hike to Cedar Creek Falls. Plan on a moderate 6.6-mile round trip best during cooler months. A $6 permit is required.
  • Try your luck fishing at Loveland Reservoir.
  • Head over to the Corral Canyon OHV Area with over 51 miles of trails and roads.
  • Explore the Kwaaymii Cultural Interpretive Trail.

Key Laguna Campground Regulations

  1. Fires must be confined to provided fire rings. Fires are only permitted between 7 AM to 11 PM.
  2. Wooden pallets are not allowed for campfires.
  3. Dogs must be on leash and always attended.

Laguna Campground

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Laguna Campground is in the Mount Laguna area of Cleveland National Forest. The campground is set amidst a forest of pines and oaks. Saturday night Star Parties during the summer are one of the main attractions of the campground. Cooler temperatures make summer camping a pleasure. Nearby Little and Big Laguna lakes are favorite hiking destination for campers. Educational programs are offered at the amphitheater.

The 108 campsites at Laguna Campground are along five loops are spaced close together. Nearly all the sites can accommodate RVs, trailers, and tents. Sites #3, 5, 6 and 8 are home to a population of endangered Laguna Skipper butterflies; these sites are restricted to 2 people per site. Four sites are tent-only.

The Pacific Crest Trail passes ½ mile from the campground. Some hikers on the trail choose Laguna Campground for their evening camp. They use the opportunity to resupply, take showers, and pick up mail. (Use the PCT button for more information about the Pacific Crest Trail at Laguna Campground.)

Laguna Campground Basics
Laguna Campground Location: Off Highway S1, north of I-8 near Pine Valley
Elevation: 5,530 feet
Mileage/Driving Time: 55 miles east of San Diego - 1:04 minutes
Number of Campsites: 104
Open - Closed: May 3 - October 3l
Max. People per Site: 8 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2 vehicles, 3rd extra vehicle fee $8
Pets: On leash, always attended
Campground Information: (619) 473-2082

Reservations for Laguna Campground
Reservations available: for half the sites whenever open, the rest are first come, first served
Booking Window: from 4 days up to 6 months in advance of arrival
Maximum RV/Trailer Length: 40 feet
Accessible Sites: #65
Reservations: Laguna Campground Reservations
Fees: $25 per night
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, Noon

Laguna Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring, no hook-ups
Campground: Flush and vault toilets, tap water, campfire circle
Showers: Yes, coin or token operated
Dump station: in Buckman Rest Area on I-8
Attractions near Laguna Campground: Attend Star Parties organized the San Diego State University Observatory (contact Visitor Information Center on Laguna Mountain (619) 473-8547). Hike on the famous Pacific Crest Trail. Hike to Little Laguna Lake and Big Laguna Lake. Visit the Storm Canyon Vista Trailhead.

Pacific Crest Trail Information

Trail Miles Northbound from Laguna Campground

  • Scissors Crossing - 29.5
  • Warner Springs - 62 miles
  • Canada Border - 2,602.5 miles

Trail Miles Southbound from Laguna Campground

Nearest Town

Mount Laguna - 2.7 miles south of campground via Los Huecos Road
  Post Office, Mount Laguna Sports, lodge, store

Always confirm mileages and directions with a reliable PCT source such as the Pacific Crest Trail Association's The Pacific Crest Trail: Exploring America's Wilderness Trail.

General Camping Information

Not all campsites can accommodate trailers or RVs of all lengths. Check carefully on the reservation site when you make your reservation to be sure your vehicle will fit your campsite.

Accessible Sites

Designated Accessible sites are usually reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate.

map of campground locations around the Mount Laguna


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