Mount Laguna
Pacific Crest Trail Section #4

Located 18.3 miles from Julian, California

4 Stars
21,284 Steps 1  (10.0 mi)

The Pacific Crest Trail (Section #4) has a maximum elevation of 6,066 ft (1,849 m), a minimum elevation of 4,240 ft (1,292 m), and an elevation gain of 35,489 ft (10,817 m) in the [ A to B ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the Pacific Crest Trail Section #4 while hiking in the [ A to B ] and [ B to A ] direction at a typical speed and is based on gross weight (which includes anything carried), the topography, trail length and trail conditions.


We survey thousands of miles of trails each year. The following metrics are based on the most accurate trail data; no crowdsourced data.

[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
21,28410.0 mi4,240 ft6,066 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
3.6 hrs0.035,489 ft17,218 ft
[ B to A ]
3.4 hrs0.517,218 ft35,489 ft

What is the length of the Pacific Crest Trail Section #4?

The length of the Pacific Crest Trail Section #4 is 10.0 mi (16.1 km) or 21,284 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Pacific Crest Trail Section #4?

A person in good physical health can hike the Pacific Crest Trail Section #4 in 3.6 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 3.4 hrs in the [ B to A ] direction.

Mount Laguna Topo Maps

Download free Mount Laguna topo maps and the adjoining quads to plan your hike. These are full-sheet, 7.5 Minute (1:24,000 scale) topographic maps.

Adjoining 7.5 Minute Quadrangle Legend

  1. Northwest Topo Map: Cuyamaca Peak, CA
  2. North Topo Map: Monument Peak, CA
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Agua Caliente Springs, CA
  4. West Topo Map: Descanso, CA
  5. Topo Map: Mount Laguna, CA
  6. East Topo Map: Sombrero Peak, CA
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Morena Reservoir, CA
  8. South Topo Map: Cameron Corners, CA
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Live Oak Springs, CA

Is there a Pacific Crest Trail map for Section #4?

Yes, and it's free! The Pacific Crest Trail Section #4 is located on the Mount Laguna topo map. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the map.

KML Custom Maps

PCT004T.kmz is a free KML custom map of the Pacific Crest Trail Section #4 that you can download and view in Google Maps®, Google Earth® and Garmin® handheld GPS devices including the eTrex®, Colorado and Montana series.

Local Weather Forecast

Check the weather forecast; this weather forecast covers the Pacific Crest Trail Section #4, provided by the National Weather Service. (



  1. Steps is a unit of distance equal to the sum of stride lengths that vary with the terrain.
  2. Length is the distance of the trail between the two trailheads, measured on the trail.
  3. Min Ele is the minimum elevation on the trail.
  4. Max Ele is the maximum elevation on the trail.
  5. Time is the typical total time required to hike the trail.
  6. Floors is the sum of distance on the trail where angles to the horizontal is between 30 and 50 degrees (the angle of a stairway) divided by ten, the height of one floor.
  7. Gain is the cumulative elevation gain.
  8. Loss is the cumulative elevation loss.

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