Hiking up Sierra de la Laguna is, as you may have already noticed through many of my posts, one of my favorite adventures in the world. The landscapes you get to see from the moment you start heading up are marvelous.
This is a unique area in the state of Baja California Sur, both for the endemic species that call only this place home and because of the contrasting landscapes you’ll find on the ascent. At the base you walk through the desert landscapes we all know and love in Baja, and as you start ascending, you see the changes of vegetation, going through lowland forest first and eventually arriving at the only oak forest in the State.
Suddenly, after walking through this forest for a while, you stumble upon a glade, a beautiful massive grassland that we call the second valley. It’s incredible to find this place on top of the mountains.
As you explore it, you might bump into other campers and hikers that took on this pilgrimage, into rancheros who climbed the mountain on their horses and then let them roam free to enjoy the pasture; and you might even find cyclists who carried their bike all the way up to explore the valley on their bike before cycling down the mountain.
The nature that surrounds this place, with its sounds and colors, makes for a soothing experience that not only helps to disconnect from modern life, but also to clear head and spirit in a way that won’t soon be forgotten.
Photo taken at: Sierra de la Laguna