About Sierra de la Laguna
Most of us come to the East Cape of Baja to experience the endless beaches and emerald Sea of Cortez. Even though we all enjoy these charms, the East Cape nature has to offer even more than that. Why not going to hiking & camping adventure with your family or friends and enjoy the beautiful nature of Sierra de la Laguna Mountains.
The Sierra de la Laguna mountain range is located from La Paz to all Los Cabos of Baja Californa Sur. This great area offers dry tropical deserts, canyon, and valley-rich mountains with spectacular views. The whole area is on the list of UNESCO's heritage sites and it's protected as a world's natural treasure.
If you think that water activities are the privilege that you would find only in the Sea of Cortez, then would be wrong because Sierra de la Laguna Mountains offer a couple of beautiful waterfalls with their pools made by nature. If you ask locals they would recommend Canon de la Zorra or Sol de Mayo located in close proximity of Santiago, a small town nestled in a green valley between two hills, about 30 minutes south of Los Barriles.
Sierra de la Laguna Hiking Trails
The Cañon San Dionísio trail begins at Rancho San Dionísio, in the mouth of the canyon, 23 kilometers from Santiago. Inquire in town about how to get out to the ranch. Cañon San Bernardo is the easiest cross-sierra hike, beginning in Boca de la Sierra on the east side of the range and ending with Santo Domingo on the west side. There are permanent water pools that provide drinking water throughout the 22.5-kilometer hike that takes three days to complete.
The most popular overnight hike is to Picacho de la Laguna; the lake in the name is now a meadow instead of a pool. This hike is best approached from the western side of the mountains near Todos Santos. This is the part where elevation makes possible to enjoy two spectacular views, one toward the Sea of Cortez on the East and the other toward the Pacific Ocean.
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From the Diary of Our Visitor:
"3-Day Hiking Adventure in Sierra de la Laguna Mountains"
We left Costa Palmas at 9 a.m. and after a scenic drive arrived at the foot of the Sierra de la Laguna trailhead by 11 a.m. There, we met our three guides: Don Catarino Rosas (Don Cata), a very experienced park ranger and owner of the Rancho el Refugio in San Dionisio, Baja California Sur, along with his son, Chayo. A third guide, Luis, joined our Costa Palmas-based group of four. We immediately felt comfortable with these three men who know this part of the country like the back of their hands. We hiked for 3 hours and arrived at Poza de Pepe, a stunning ravine located at 3,000 ft. complete with Aspens and a beautiful “poza” with ice-cold water! Of course, we took a dip! When adventure calls, you answer it. We enjoyed an early dinner of chicken fajitas and camped under the stars for the evening. What a day!
The sunrise was stunning! We enjoyed breakfast and left Poza de Pepe at 9:00 a.m. and hiked to the renowned Valle la Laguna. The three-hour hike was incredible – wildlife and flora and fauna that underscored the beauty of the Baja. The pine and oak tree forests and the water springs were amazing! After exploring the creek, we left for the Picacho la Laguna, located at 7,000 ft. From that incredible height, we could see both the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean. We remained there until sunset… and the sunset did not disappoint. After the sun and the moon exchanged places, we hiked back to camp, under the stars. There, our Chef prepared a delicious beef broth soup that was especially perfect since the weather was a bit cold! It was approximately 25 degrees Fahrenheit and perhaps even cooler during the early morning hours! We understand that this was normal weather in the Sierras in February.
We left camp early after a delicious egg and bacon breakfast. On our trek back to where we started, we made an additional stop back at the Posa de Pepe for a refreshing swim and a venison burrito. What an incredible world we entered for these 3 days. We’re so grateful for this experience, for all that Baja has to offer. We hiked back to the trailhead around 2 pm and headed back to Costa Palmas. Once again, the Baja sunset didn’t disappoint. Together, we reflected and appreciated the wonders that we experienced.