Garnet Peak Trail

EASY 125 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
456 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

hiking
1 day ago

Headed up Garnet Peak from Penny Pines. Beautiful addition and the view from the top was unbeatable. Great view of the Salton Sea. Warning: it’s pretty breezy up top.

hiking
1 day ago

I live in South San Diego, close to San Ysidro area so this was a drive for me. Awesome first hike of 2018! It was chilly, check the weather before driving here. The view is amaaaazing! Easy trail with a bit of incline at the last half mile or so.

8 days ago

Great views on a full moon!! If you're looking for a easy stroll with stunning views at the end this hike is for you!

13 days ago

Very nice views but not much of hike tbh. I’d say go out there though.

hiking
14 days ago

Beautiful views the whole way!

hiking
17 days ago

Easy trail with great views as the payoff!

22 days ago

So so. Lots of wind and cobble on trail.

hiking
23 days ago

Amazing for sunrise. Would do it again but would go via the PCT to make the hike longer. Super windy on top today [12/25/17] but climbed down behind some rocks to get out of the wind to sit and enjoy the sunrise.

1 month ago

One of the best views in San Diego. Wow

2 months ago

The sunrise is unbelievable

2 months ago

It’s an easy but rocky trail, hiking boots might be your best choice. The views from the top are espectacular! Just be careful, there’s not much space up there. I visited today 11/11/17 and definitely be back soon.

hiking
3 months 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.

hiking
3 months ago

loose rocks! fun short hike with amazing views!

hiking
4 months 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.

4 months ago

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

4 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.

hiking
5 months ago

Gorgeous, windy, amazing views.

hiking
5 months ago

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

hiking
6 months 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.

trail running
6 months 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!

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