FAQ's - Mount Laguna Trail Fest


Here some some FAQ's for the Mount Laguna Trail Fest: 

REGISTRATION:
Q.  Can I register at the event as a walk up?  
A.  No

Q.  Can I get a refund after I sign up?
A. No. We can facilitate direct transfer of registration as long as the individual parties take care of the money.  Contact trailfest@sdmba.com before October 1 to arrange. 
CAMPING:
Q.  Can I bring my RV or Trailer as a Full Festival Pass Holder? 
A.  There will be not RV's or trailers allowed in El Prado Campground. A limited number of RV's and trailers under 20 feet can be accommodated at Horse Heaven.  Also larger RV's and trailers can be accomodated with reservations on the public sites of the Mount Laguna Campground or at Burnt Rancheria Campground while spaces are available.  https://camprrm.com/parks/mt-laguna-campground/

Q.  Will I get to park my vehicle right next to my tent?
A.  If you are camping at El Prado or Horse Heaven, most likely the answer is no.  Although if you arrive on Friday afternoon (12:00 - 3 p.m.) your chances are better.  Plan on transporting your camping equipment from your car to tent spot. A Wagon would come in handy.  El Prado and Horse Heaven are group camping areas.  There are no numbered spots. 

There are 5 distinct camp areas within El Prado. Some are farther from the main venue area which is in the Buckwheat site. Manzanita and Big Sage are generally quieter as they are farther away from main activity area.  
Depending on the timing of your arrival you may have to unload stuff and move to your camp area and then move car some ways away. Last year there was plenty of space for folks to set up their camp areas...just for most their cars are not right next to them.  All depends on timing. 

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OTHER LODGING: 
Q.Where else can I stay? 
A. For camping, check reservations at Mount Laguna Campground and Burnt Rancheria Campground. Mount Laguna Campground is just adjacent to the venue area at El Prado Group Campground.  Burnt Rancheria Campgrond is 4- 5 miles riding from venue area.  

If booking at these public campsites, attendees will need to purchase Day Passes to attend Mount Laguna Trail Fest which are good for Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday. 

Mount Laguna Lodge offers a few lodging choices.   It is about a 3-4 mile ride on the dirt to El Prado Campground to venue area.  

Check Air BnB as there are a few cabin offerings in Mount Laguna. 
PARKING: 
Q.  Where can I park if I have a Day Pass? 
A.  Mile Marker 19, Aqua Dulce/Wooded Hill (need Adventure Pass); Red Tailed Roost, Penny Pines; Day Use area of Mount Laguna Campground (Day fee applies)  See Map of suggested alternate parking HERE

Q.  When will I get my parking pass if I have a Full Festival Pass?
A.  You will get your parking pass when you check in at the event.

BATHROOMS, ETC.
Q. What bathroom and shower facilities are available at the event? 
A. There are pit toilets and portapotties available at El Prado Campground, the main venue for the event.  There are pit toilets at Horse Heaven Campground.  There are pit toilets in the public side of the Mount Laguna Campground.  In addition, there are two improved restroom/shower houses in the Mount Laguna Campground. Showers require quarters!   Bring change! 
ODDS AND ENDS: 

Q.  How long can I check out a demo bike? 
A.  Generally the companies that bring demo bikes will ask that you keep them only for an hour or two so that more people can get a chance to ride them.  Please adhere to their guidelines and get your demo bikes back in a timely manner.  

Q.  What do I need to check out a demo bike? 
A.  You will need a credit card or driver's license and may be asked to sign a waiver from the demo company

Q.  Can I bring my dog?
A.  Yes, but well behaved dogs only and need to be on leash in campground areas. 

Q.  Can kids under 18 be registered without a parent/guardian? 
A. No.

Q.  Will shuttles be provided? 
A. Yes with The Beaten Path Shuttle.    Signups must be done in advance during registration process.  $28 per per person per shuttle pick up at Lower Noble Canyon trail head in Pine Valley with delivery of rider and bike back to El Prado Campground. 

Q. Are there showers available?
A.  There are no showers at El Prado Group Camp but there are pay showers at the adjacent public Mount Laguna Campground within biking distance.  Bring quarters.

Q. Can I bring my ebike?
A.  Ebikes are not permitted on USFS non-motorized trails.  All of the trails in the Mount Laguna Recreation Area are non-motorized.  It is ok to ride ebikes in the campground or on road where vehicles can travel.  

Q.  Will my credit card work if I want to buy something cool from a vendor or get some opportunity drawing tickets or get coffee? 
A.  Maybe but bring cash just in case because coverage is spotty at best. 

Q.  Will there be lights to borrow for the night ride.
A.  No, you will need to bring your own.  

Q. Where do proceeds go from this event?
A.  A portion of proceeds from this event got to proposed trail improvements and new trails that SDMBA is working on partnership with the Cleveland National Forest in the Mount Laguna Recreation Area.  Your support has allowed SDMBA to pay for Forest Service staff time to compete required studies for any proposed trail improvements!  Give yourself a pat on the back!