Garnet Peak Trail

EASY 89 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

hiking
2 days ago

Gorgeous, windy, amazing views.

hiking
4 days ago

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11 days ago

hiking
12 days ago

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

22 days ago

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hiking
1 month ago

The contrast between high alpine environments to the desert way down below is incredible. Easy to find. The hike itself is a nice, easy trail with lots to look at. The silence mixed with the noise of the wind sweeping across the mountain was awesome. If in the summer bring water.

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

trail running
1 month ago

Quick and fun hike with rewarding views. Adventure pass required for parking (purchased at convenience stores nearby or other outdoor stores like REI).

Watch your step when walking up to the peak, I almost stepped on a Speckled Rattlesnake nestled up alongside the trail. If you do encounter a rattler do not attempt to kill or move it, doing so greatly increases your chances of being bit. They have no interest in biting you unless provoked and are better left alone.

Enjoy the hike!

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

This was a great hike! It was really hot and there were a lot of bugs on the way up to to the actual trail head but the incline to the peak wasn't too bad! Lots of interesting reptiles on the way up and the scenery on the peak is unreal! I would recommend this hike on a cooler day or even during sunrise!

2 months ago

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2 months ago

2 months ago

It was hot as balls today, do yourself a favor and don't do this when it's hot out. There are only 2 places with shade and it's towards the beginning when you think your going to be ok. I feel like it would have been a lot easier if it were cooler out. The views are amazing, my 4 year old made it up no problem. I didn't see any rattlesnakes but boy did we hear their warnings eeeek!

hiking
2 months ago

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2 months ago

Maybe not so kid and dog friendly, but a great hike overall. The views at the top are spectacular, and the wildflowers are plentiful. Would go again sans 7yo child and 13yo dog. Proud of them for finishing, but they are DONE for the day:)

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike. We've done it twice - once from Penny Pines (longer, more meandering) and once from the Garnet peak trailhead (further up Sunrise Highway
and a straight shot up and back). Beautiful flowers, birds and vistas but VERY WINDY, especially at the top! We literally couldn't linger up there - we thought we'd be blown away