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Designation: USFS Scenic Byway
Length, One-Way: 24 Miles (40.0 Kilometers)
Time: 1 Hour

General Information

Description - Located between the Cuyamaca Reservoir and Laguna Junction, this designated U.S. Forest Service Scenic Byway provides views of mountain meadows and forests and the Anza-Borrego Desert 6,000 feet below.

Attractions - The Sunrise National Scenic Byway is 24 miles long, and extends north from Interstate 8, one mile east of Pine Valley, to State Highway 79, near Julian. Travelers will find mountain and forest vistas, some spectacular panoramic views as well as trailheads for the Pacific Crest Trail and the Noble Canyon National Recreation Trail. The route provides access to Lagunita Mountain Recreation Area within the Cleveland National Forest. Here visitors can enjoy camping, hiking, picnicking, horseback riding, scenic driving, photography, and nature study. When enough snow falls in the Lagunita Mountain Recreation Area, there are opportunities for cross-country skiing, sledding and other winter sports.

Recreation - The Sunrise National Scenic Byway is known for it's recreational and scenic attractions.

Climate - A warm, dry Mediterranean climate prevails over Southern California - inland it is hot in the summer, mild in the winter. Coastal areas have a more moderate climate with frequent fog in the summer. Most of the precipitation comes as rain during the winter months. The best seasons to visit are spring and fall but with the generally mild climate, outdoor activities are available year-round in Southern California.

Location - This byway in eastern San Diego County is a mountain route along S1 from U.S. Highway 79 to Interstate 8. It is located between the Cuyamaca Reservoir and Laguna Junction.

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Additional Information:
California Scenic Byways - California offers one All American Road, two National Scenic Byways, and well over 50 state and National Forest designated scenic byways.

Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.


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