On trail by 7:30am and the day started out cool and crisp as the trail climbed gradually up towards the small town of Mt Laguna. There were large oaks by Long Creek and then the first tall pines appeared.
Mt Laguna general store
The next 8 miles or so out of town brought amazing views and cool
wind as the trail overlooked the desert valley below to the east.
Looking east towards Anza Borrego State Park
Now camped on a boulder ridge near mile 56 in a small clearing to avoid the wind.