Garnet Peak Trail

EASY 109 reviews
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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.

DISTANCE
2.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
505 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

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13 days ago

Nice, short hike up to the 9th highest peak (5880ft) in San Diego County (and probably the easiest to access). There are several ways to access the Garnet Peak trail itself. You can get to it from either direction of the Pacific Crest Trail, or you can park at the small pullout about 600ft south of the intersection of S1 (Sunrise Highway) and Pine Creek Road. The trail starts out as fairly level with quite a bit of erosion. In the Fall (October) look for young-of-the-year lizards, including some cool-looking reddish horned lizards. At the intersection with the PCT, the Garnet Peak trails heads upwards to the east, and the trail becomes cobbled and a little more challenging. It's a fairly consistent stair climb up this cobble all the way to the peak itself. The top has very few level spots, but you can nestle in among the rocks - and you'll usually want to because this may be the windiest point in San Diego County. The views out across the Anza Borrego valley floor, all the way to the Salton Sea and beyond, are simply wonderful. I was unable to find a cache, and I'm not sure whether there has ever been one here. The entire hike is brief with an elevation gain of approximately 440ft.

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27 days ago

loose rocks! fun short hike with amazing views!

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1 month ago

Awesome trail. Some of the best views I've seen of the desert from the Mt Laguna. Pretty easy with amazing views and dropoffs. Lots of photo ops.

2 months ago

Short but scenic trail. Steeper than the easy classification would imply, but pretty mild for a "peak" trail.

2 months ago

I would not call this trail easy...very rocky and at times steep. It's a great hike and the view is breathtaking.

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

Gorgeous, windy, amazing views.

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2 months ago

Easy but some steep bits. Peak lies right smack on the border dividing Anza Borrego Desert from chaparral of Cleveland Forest.