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Garnet Peak


Location: San Diego County, about 13 miles southeast of Julian, 158 miles from Los Angeles


Auto Club: San Diego County
Forest Service: Cleveland National Forest
USGS Topo: Monument Peak 7½
HPS: Route(s) using National Geographic Topo! software
JPG version (approximately 485K)

Nearby Peaks: Garnet Mountain, Monument Peak #1

Printable version of this route


(USFS Adventure Pass required)
Distance: 2.5 miles round trip on road and trail
Gain: 500'
Time: 2 1/2 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, easy
Navigation: Easy

Original: Warren E. von Pertz, March 1968


  • Take I-5 south to SR 78 in San Diego County.
  • Go east on SR 78 through Escondido to the junction with SR 79 just past the town of Julian. Turn right (south) on SR 79.
  • Go 6 miles to the junction with Sunrise Highway (S1) on the left. Turn left. Note your odometer and go as follows:
  • At 7.4 miles, a paved road on the left with a sign "Kwaaymii Point". This is the turnoff for Garnet Mountain. Keep straight.
  • At 9.9 miles (after mile marker 28) a parking area at a barricaded dirt road on the left. There is a small sign that says "to Garnet Peak". Park here.


  • From the parking area (5380'), hike north up the dirt road for about 0.4 mile to a fork. Take the left fork.
  • Stay on this path for about another 0.3 mile, crossing a jeep road (do not turn left onto the jeep road) and, in a few yards, cross the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) marked by a square post with the PCT insignia. Do not turn onto the PCT, continue straight.
  • Continue up the trail that winds around the side of the mountain and then up to the summit.


The entire area east of the jeep road, including the mountain, was burned in the Julian fire of August 2002.

The summit affords an excellent view of the old Butterfield Stage Route through Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. This is about 3000' below and to the east of the summit.

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Hundred Peaks Section, Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club
Published 17-September-2011
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