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19D Monument Peak #2

Location: San Bernardino County, California

Named by the San Bernardino Historical Society in 1931 when it placed a monument in honor of Padre Francisco Tomás Hermenegildo Garcés (1738-81). Garcés blazed the first (and nearly waterless) trail across the Colorado Desert (1771). It was cursed as "El Camino del Diablo", and later was known as the "Old Spanish Trail". Garcés accompanied the expedition of Juan Bautista de Anza (1735-88), and described the view from this summit in his diary (1776). The marker has since been destroyed by motorized vandals.

Name first appears on USFS San Bernardino National Forest map (1965).

Peak was added to the HPS Peak List in 1965.


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