Garnet Peak Trail is a 2.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Pine Valley, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
This is one of my favorite hikes in San Diego county. Absolutely breathtaking scenery, albeit not a very physically challenging jaunt. If you're coming all the way out from San Diego, I recommend starting this hike from the Penny Pines trailhead, and follow the Pacific Crest Trail to where it intersects with the Garnet Peak trail. This route is a bit more enjoyable, as I've found that doing it straight from the Garnet Peak trailhead off the road was way too short considering the lengthy mission of driving out there. Trail is well marked and definitive, the view out over the desert is totally captivating, and we didn't see a single person out here on a weekday afternoon, making it a great getaway from the city. I've been up Garnet Peak twice, and I'd love to do it again.
We went in the Spring after the rain.
The view was spectacular.
Amazing view at the top, lightly trafficked, and good for trail running.
Good hike, very good views from the top out into Anzo back toward Cuyamaca. Pretty easy hike leading to the summit.
Yesterday, September 24, 2016 hiked Garnet Peak from Penny Pines trailhead, which is about 2.73 miles to summit! We were amazed with the scenic view of the desert and Salton Sea. To get some good hiking mileage, we decided to hike this gigantic loop which consisted from of the famous Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), Pioneer Mail Trail, crossing Sunrise Highway, onto Pine Mountain Trail, Champagne Pass, Indian Creek Trail and ending with Noble Canyon Trail, crossing Sunrise Highway again to Penny Pine Trailhead. Total 12.66 hiking mileage!!
My wife and I did this hike on Labor Day and we were alone for most of the hike.
Great view and fairly easy hike up. We came from the old bridge about 2 miles north on pacific crest trail. My wife and I are really enjoying a wonderful day together.
Spectacular views! Last time I hiked this it was a freezing cold morning. I posted the video on my hike in YouTube. You can find it by searching the #thisgirlhikes.