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off road driving
I went with my buddy and this was literally the toughest trail in San Diego. We also did the hike in 40 degree rainy weather. At a point, there is no trail - you break off the old dirt trail and head down into the forest following small yellow tape on random branches and man made rock formations to guide you through the madness. Bring tons of water and be physically fit. Hell, a machete could go a long way! Good luck
Took the approach from Cool Canyon. The hike through the canyon was beautiful, with spring blooms starting to appear. Climbing out of the canyon, we took an approach slightly Northeast of the route shown on Alltrails. It was steep but fairly straightforward. After finishing this climb, a view of a seemingly even steeper, boulder-strewn mountainside came into view. As we approached this climb from the saddle, we were able to follow cairns and ducks marking a route up this steep grade. Thanks to the cairns the climb was actually easier than the first. Once we reached the top of this climb, there were still a couple more ups and downs to go before reaching the boulder-covered summit of Granite. The 360-degree views made the arduous climb well worth it. Nearly the entirety of the Salton Sea is revealed, along with landmarks ranging from the Volcan Mountains, Lagunas, Whale Peak and Grapevine Mountain, the PCT through the San Felipe Hills, and far off in the distance, San Jacinto, Baldy, a sliver of Gorgonio, and to the west, Lake Cuyamaca all the way to ocean. Magestic!