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Monument Peak #1

6271'

Location: San Diego County, about 16 miles southeast of Julian, 160 miles from Los Angeles

Maps

Auto Club: San Diego County
Forest Service: Cleveland National Forest
USGS Topo: Monument Peak 7½
HPS: Route(s), waypoints and explanation of usage

Nearby Peaks: Garnet Mountain, Garnet Peak, Cuyapaipe Mountain, Sheephead Mountain

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 1

(USFS Adventure Pass required)
Distance: 3 miles round trip on trail and cross-country
Gain: 500'
Time: 2 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, easy
Navigation: Easy

Original: Laura Joseph and Byron Prinzmetal, October 2002

DRIVING ROUTE 1

  • 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 a parking area at a gated dirt road on the left. This is the trailhead for Garnet Peak. Keep straight.
  • At 11.4 miles, Laguna/El Prado Campground entrance and Foster Lodge entrance. Keep straight.
  • At 12.5 miles, large parking area on the left (after mile marker 25). A trail from the parking area says, "Big Laguna trail to PCT .5 miles." Park here.

HIKING ROUTE 1

  • From the parking area (5760'), follow the Big Laguna Trail to the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT).
  • Turn left on the PCT and follow it to a point out of the trees where the radio installations on Monument Peak can be seen. The PCT will shortly make a sharp left turn with another fork going straight ahead.
  • Go straight ahead and follow this fork as it swings right and comes to a fenced enclosure with some trailers inside. (This is a NASA installation.)
  • Turn left and follow the fence around the left side of the installation until you come to a paved road.
  • Turn left on this road and follow it up to the summit.

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 2

(USFS Adventure Pass required)
Distance: 3 miles round trip on trail and cross-country
Gain: 500'
Time: 2 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, easy
Navigation: Easy

Original: Warren E. von Pertz, March 1968

DRIVING ROUTE 2

  • 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 a parking area at a gated dirt road on the left. This is the trailhead for Garnet Peak. Keep straight.
  • At 11.4 miles, Laguna/El Prado Campground entrance and Foster Lodge entrance. Keep straight.
  • At 12.5 miles, large parking area on the left (after mile marker 25). A trail from the parking area says, "Big Laguna trail to PCT .5 miles." This is the parking spot for Route 1.
  • Drive 1/4 mile south past the parking spot for Route 1. There is a large parking area on the left. Park here.

HIKING ROUTE 2

  • From the parking area (5760'), cross the fence at the place provided and follow a faint road leading north.
  • Keep left at a fork about 1/4 mile from the cars. The road goes up a long ridge and disappears. Continue north along the ridge to pick up the PCT.
  • Turn left on the PCT and follow it to a point out of the trees where the radio installations on Monument Peak can be seen. The PCT will shortly make a sharp left turn with another fork going straight ahead.
  • Go straight ahead and follow this fork as it swings right and comes to a fenced enclosure with some trailers inside. (This is a NASA installation.)
  • Turn left and follow the fence around the left side of the installation until you come to a paved road.
  • Turn left on this road and follow it up to the summit.

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 3

Distance: 5 miles round trip on trail and cross-country
Gain: 900' total, 800' out plus 100' on return
Time: 3 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, easy
Navigation: Easy

Original: George Wysup, April 2000

DRIVING ROUTE 3

  • 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 on Sunrise Highway for 11.4 miles to Laguna/El Prado Campground entrance and Foster Lodge entrance near mile marker 27. Park at Foster Lodge.

HIKING ROUTE 3

  • Hike north from the lodge (5560') and pick up the PCT.
  • Follow the PCT in the Mexico direction for about 1.5 miles, past bump 5958', to where it meets a prominent ridge going up to the left.
  • Go up this ridge, over a minor bump, and continue to the summit.

Note: Avoiding the paved road near the summit results in a route 100% different than Routes 1 and 2.


NOTES

The summit offers a fine view of the Laguna Mountains and the surrounding area. Point Loma and the Coronado Islands can be seen on a clear day.

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Published 7-December-2005
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