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Garnet Peak


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


Auto ClubSan Diego County
Forest ServiceCleveland National Forest
USGS ToposMonument Peak 7½
Official HPS Maps TPO file - Save to your computer then open with National Geographic TOPO!
 Viewable JPG file - Approximately 690K
 GPX file or Google Earth KML file to download to GPS units and other map software (How to use GPX and KML files)
 Routes as shown on CalTopo using the above files (How to use CalTopo)

Nearby Peaks: Garnet Mountain, Monument Peak #1

Printable version of this route


(USFS Adventure Pass may be 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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