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Location: San Diego County, about 19 miles southeast of Julian, 165 miles from Los Angeles
- Auto Club: San Diego County
- Forest Service: Cleveland National Forest
- USGS Topo: Mount Laguna 7½
explanation of usage
Nearby Peaks: Garnet Mountain,
Monument Peak #1,
Printable version of this route
(USFS Adventure Pass required)
- Distance: 2.5 miles round trip cross-country
- Gain: 700'
- Time: 2 hours round trip
- Rating: Class 1, easy
Original: Warren E. von Pertz, March 1968
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 Campground entrance. Keep straight.
- At 12.7 miles, parking area on the left. This is the trailhead for
Monument Peak #1. Keep straight.
- At 15.1 miles, a dirt road on the left just past the
Red-Tailed Roost Volunteer Activity Center.
- Go 1.7 miles on this road keeping right at an immediate fork and
straight at subsequent forks to a road on the left. Park in a
turnout on the right across from this fork.
HIKING ROUTE 1
- From the parking area (5842'), cross to the dirt road which goes up
the hill to a locked gate.
- Continue on the road past this gate about 200 yards to the remnants
of an older gate. The fence at this point may be posted "No trespassing".
- Just before the old gate leave the road on the left side.
- Pushing through gnarly brush, cross
the fence at a fence junction and then follow a use trail which emerges and
parallels the road with a barbed wire fence in between the trail and
the road. (Although it bypasses the gnarly brush push, do not go past the
"No trespassing" sign and continue about 70 yards to a fence crossing on
the left: we do not have permission to transit this private property.)
- The trail goes east for about 1/2 mile, drops into a streambed, then
runs along the flank of Cuyapaipe. A ducked route begins on the flank
- Follow this route it as it winds through a brushy slope
up to the summit. There are a couple of easy rock problems along
- When you reach the top of the ridge, the summit
register will be on a mound of rocks about 200' to the right (south).
The dirt road from SR 79 may be closed in winter months. Park at SR 79
and hike into the parking area described above. This adds about 3 1/2
miles to the round trip distance.
From the time hikers leave the road, they are transitting land owned
by the Cuyapaipe Band of Mission Indians. No lone hikers are allowed,
and group leaders must call or write first for permission:
Mr. Michael Garcia
Cuyapaipe Band of Mission Indians
4054 Willows Road
P.O. Box 2250
Alpine, CA 91903-2250
Tel: 619-445-6315 or 619-659-1467
Please report any corrections or changes to the
Mountain Records Chair.
Hundred Peaks Section, Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club
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