Pine Valley, CA
Run by the Laguna Mountain Volunteer Association, Laguna Campground is clean and well run. There’s a feeling of serenity and order. The campground is set in a meadow in a stand of Jeffrey pines, which are almost indistinguishable from ponderosa pines. The giveaway, however, is the vanilla scent of the Jeffrey pine’s bark. Put your nose right up to the tree and take a whiff. That’s the Jeffrey pine. Also, the bark on the Jeffrey tends toward narrow ridges while the ponderosa bark is in large, flat plates. Roll the cones from a Jeffrey between your hands, and the spines won’t prick—they are turned under. The ponderosa spines stick out and will get you. Native Americans used the roots of the Jeffrey Pine to make baskets. They waited until the tree flowered and the roots became tough enough to be used. Then, the roots were dug up, cleaned, and slow cooked in a fire pit. After that they were split and scraped until soft and pliable enough to be woven into baskets.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Nearby City||Pine Valley|
|Campsites||75 for tents only, 30 for RVs|
|Season||Open May to October|
|Camp Elevation||5,800 ft|
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