SD - Hike - Sunset Trail to Water of the Woods (& Dinner)

  • Sat, May 07, 2022
  • 2:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Sunset Trailhead - Sunrise Hwy, Mt Laguna, CA 91948


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Great Outdoors - San Diego

Sunset Trail to Water of the Woods and

Dinner at Janet’s Montana Cafe

May 7, 2022 at 2:30 pm sharp

Join us for one of the most beautiful mountain hikes in San Diego County followed by a delicious country dinner (or breakfast, served all day, and/or take home one of their delicious home baked pies) at a log-cabin mountain lodge in Alpine – Janet’s Montana Cafe

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This is an easy 4.5-mile hike through beautiful pine forest and a wide-open woodland meadow with a spring-fed pond (Water of the Woods) and seasonal lake (Big Laguna Lake). We may see deer and cattle grazing in the meadow in the late afternoon.

San Diego Great Outdoors invites and includes all LGBTQIA+ people and their allies to join us! Come for just the hike, just the dinner, or both the hike and dinner! Please just let us know when you RSVP so that we can plan accordingly.

Please be sure to mask-up if/when appropriate and social distance when needed. 

Host: Steve Fitzgerald 

Trail: Sunset Trailhead, at ~mile marker 19.1 on Sunrise Highway at Mount Laguna 

Length: ~4.5 miles with multiple options for more 

Difficulty: Easy

Elevation Gain: ~225 ft. (at about 5,500 ft. elevation)

RSVP: Please RSVP by selecting one of three options: (1) hike alone, (2) hike with dinner, or (3) dinner (not hiking), so that we plan accordingly. 

Meeting Location: bv Google Map: Sunset Trailhead 

Meeting Date & Time: Saturday, May 7th @ 2:15 pm. We will plan to start the hike at 2:30 pm, and dinner at ~6:00 p.m. 

Parking: Parking is available at the google pin meeting spot. There is ample parking available but must display an Adventure Pass. 

If you don’t have an annual adventure pass, a daily digital pass costs $5 and can be purchased online at

Cost: Hike is free, dinner is self-paid

Time Commitment: 2-2.5 hours for the hike, plus dinner if joining 

Dogs: If your dog can keep up, they are more than welcome to come. They must be kept on a leash. 

Trail Description and Location: 

Sunset Trail to Water of the Woods and Laguna Lake

Google trail map

Note: This does not depict the exact route we will be taking, but provides valuable information.

What to Bring

  • Water
  • Snack for the trail
  • Ten Essentials
  • Phone/camera 
  • Warm/cool weather clothing
  • Any prescription or other needed medications
  • Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunblock, lip block)

Cell Phone Service: Varies by carrier over the route.

Health Problems/Allergies: It is the responsibility of participants to carry on their person a record of significant allergies, medications and medical history in the event of a medical emergency. Discuss any medical concerns with a trip leader if you wish.

Contact/Question - If you have any questions not addressed by the information above or on our registration page, please feel free to contact the trip leader: Steve Fitzgerald (

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