Indian Creek Loop

in Cleveland National Forest

Saturday, November 13, 1993

Brief: Scenic dayhike through Laguna trail system and the Pacific Crest Trail. A 1,000 foot elevation gain and loss over an 8 mile loop trail. Start time: 9:30 am. It will take approximately 5 hours for the 8 mile loop.

What: Because of the 8 mile walking distance this is considered a moderate hike. You can choose to stop at the 4 mile mark, which will significantly reduce the difficulty of the hike. The hike starts out on the Noble Canyon trail going west, then merges with the Indian Creek trail. Following the Indian Creek trail to an open meadow area, we will cross the meadow to a well used jeep trail. We will follow the jeep trail for just under 1 mile and cross over Sunrise highway to Pioneer Mail Picnic Ground. We will stop at the picnic ground (the 4 mile mark) for lunch. For those folks who wish to stop, we can shuttle them to their cars. The remaining 4 miles follows the Pacific Crest trail overlooking Anza Borrego (Cottonwood Canyon). We will follow the trail overlooking Storm Canyon and then head back to the cars. When we finish the hike we can head in to Julian, approximately 20 miles, to enjoy the sights, apple cider and the famous apple pie.

Where: Noble Canyon, Laguna Mountain area.

When: Saturday, November 13,1993, start time at the trailhead is 9:30 am.

Who: Basically anyone who likes an easy pace, with plenty of time to enjoy the sights.

Warning: There are snakes and spiders in the area.

Bring: The ten essentials, there is no water on the trail so you must bring at least 2 quarts of water, raingear (it's that time of year), sweater (it is quite breezy), and lunch. Dogs are permitted.

Weather: The weather can be unpredictable. The daytime temperatures can range from mid 60's to mid 80's.

Car Pooling: Call Beth @ (619) 534-2728.

Topo Map: Cleveland National Forest recreation map; USGS 7.5-min Monument Peak.

Directions: From LA follow the 91 Freeway east to the 15 Freeway south. Follow the 15 to Interstate 8 - east. From San Diego follow Interstate 8 east. Continue on Interstate 8 to the Sunrise Highway exit. Go north on Sunrise Highway, park at the 27.3 mile mark, there is a wide shoulder there. Others may wish to drive their car to the picnic area, we can shuttle back to the trailhead. You could also exit off 15 to route 76 towards Santa Ysabel, just north of Santa Ysabel 76 merges with route 79, follow 79 through Julian, approximately 14 south of Julian, Sunrise Highway intersects, turn left on to Sunrise Highway. Follow Sunrise Highway for approximately 6 miles and the Pioneer Mail Trail picnic ground will be on your left, another 4 miles or so will be the 27.3 mile marker, also on your left.

San Diego folks can take 8 east to Sunrise Highway going north.

It will probably take 2.5 hours from LA, and probably 45-60 minutes from SD.

Questions & Reservations Call: Beth Epperson - work: (619)534-2728 or


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