Living History Event at Laguna Mountain


Hello San Diego city-dwellers. Have you visited our beautiful Cleveland National Forest lately? If not, make plans next weekend for a scenic one hour drive from the San Diego Coast up to Laguna Mountain.

The Laguna Mountain Volunteers Association will be hosting their annual ‘Living History’ event on September 20th and 21st. Volunteers will be dressing up in turn-of-the-century apparel and take visitors on a voyage back to life as it was in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. They will provide re-enactments showing the life of Native Americans, mountain men, cowboys, farmers, forest rangers, and gold miners who lived in the San Diego Mountains during that period.

Tours will start every 20 to 30 minutes at the Red-Tailed Roost Volunteer Center beginning at 9AM. The Red-Tailed Roost is at the 22.5 mile marker on the Sunrise Highway. Here are the Directions to Laguna Mountain from Google Maps. The Google Map takes you about a 1/2 mile past the Red-Tailed Roost. If you miss it, you’ll come across the Laguna Mountain Visitors Center a mile later and they can redirect you to the correct location.

After your visit to the Living History event, you might as well drive on a little further to the Desert View Picnic Area (just beyond the 23.5 mile marker) and Kwaamii Point (just beyond the 29.5 mile marker) to enjoy great views overlooking the San Diego Desert.

Of course, what trip to the San Diego Mountains would be complete without taking a stroll in Historic Julian and enjoying their famous pies. It’s just another 13 miles past the Kwaamii Point.

So, make plans to get away for a change of pace, relive a little history, enjoy some spectacular views, and then finish it all off with some warm apple pie. Enjoy!

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