Sunday, February 23, 2014

Guna BM

Hiked: 2/23/2014
Distance: 1.4 miles round trip on road and use trail
Summit Elevation: 719'
Prominence: 119'
Elevation Gain: 468'
Elevation Gain (in Empire State Buildings): 0.37
Round trip time: 25 minutes
Recommended water: 0 oz.
Parking/Fees: Free on Dartmoor Street
Difficulty: Easy

Guna Benchmark is at the top of an inconspicuous hill in Laguna Beach. There is very limited parking at the trailhead (the end of Dartmoor Street), but it is relatively unknown and mostly frequented by locals. After you follow the road past the first turn and just after a road junction on the left, there is a reasonable use trail heading up the hill. I didn't notice the landscape restoration sign until I got back, so I recommend sticking to the road. The use trail doesn't save much distance. The benchmark, placed in 1933, is just off the road near two white reflector signs. I walked up and jogged down for a quick morning jolt.


Guna Benchmark

Marine layer over a sleepy Laguna Beach from the Guna BM

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