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Garnet Peak via PCT is a 4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Mount Laguna, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until September.

Distance: 4.0 miles Elevation Gain: 688 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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recorded Garnet Peak via PCT

hiking
no shade
8 days ago

hiking
bugs
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over grown
rocky
9 days ago

I parked at the Storm Canyon Vista Trailhead so that I could add a couple more miles to this trail. Total out and back was 6.3 miles. It’s starting to get hot early so it’s better to begin as early as possible to avoid the scorch. No shade so bring a good hat and ample water. The views at the peak are beautiful, of course, which is what makes this hike worth it.

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bugs
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rocky
1 month ago

Easy hike with a nice view at the peak.

hiking
bugs
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rocky
1 month ago

Such a gorgeous hike! Well worth it when you get to the top..

hiking
1 month ago

Quick hike, 2nd half steep and windy but well worth the view. Trail well marked.

walking
1 month ago

Nice hike for calm mind.

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

Windy and cold. Overall good hike.

hiking
3 months ago

My friend and I did this hike two weeks ago except we made it into an 8.50 mile hike. At the top of Garnet peak we were rewarded with amazing views. Definitely is a worthwhile hike.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful hike! The mountains are beautiful and it’s a moderate incline. Not many people on the trail on a Sunday afternoon, would highly recommend. One of my favorites hikes in San Diego

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rocky
4 months ago

Hiked at sunset tonight, was a bit cloudy so the sunset wasn’t the best, but this was a fun and easy hike. It’s only challenging the last 10 mins up to garnet peak due to the steeper, rocky terrain. The rest is pretty much flat with great views. Will definitely hike again. No snow around as it was quite exposed but there was still snow in patches around mount laguna.

hiking
over grown
4 months ago

Beautiful hike. Probably one of my favorites. Would definitely do again!

hiking
4 months ago

Amazing hike! Views from start to end. One of the most beautiful hikes I’ve seen near San Diego area!!!

hiking
5 months ago

Really nice and easy trail, great views of the desert and the mountains very windy!!

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rocky
6 months ago

a nice trail. started at 5 am to catch sunrise at 6:15. made it just in time. started easy with few mild ups and down bit relatively flat then connected with other trail. from there it was up. trail became rocky at this point. steady climb till the top. once at top sunrise was amazing. it was fun coming back down in daylight so I could see the terrain. you can see the salton sea and pretty far into the desert. good views of laguna area too.

hiking
7 months ago

7 plus miles day hike. Great temperature. Great views. Great day hike on the PCT. Met a SOBO .

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over grown
rocky
7 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

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