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Garnet Peak - Peak #18

Garnet Peak - Peak #18

Elevation: 5,909′
Miles: 2.4
Trailhead Map

Today was a family day. All three of us drove out to Mount Laguna to enjoy the warm weather and great outdoors. The whole family was going to go to Garnet Peak and then I was going to run the 3/4 miles up and down Garnet Mountain, so that I could complete two of my 100 Peaks in one day, as well as complete two peaks from the Sierra Club's Hundred Peaks Section peak list.

It's a fairly easy hiking trail with some moderate elevation gain.

Garnet Peak Trailhead

Garnet Peak Trailhead

The heat rose, making it hard to believe that it was almost November. We made it to the trailhead, already seeing the effects of the Cedar Fire from 2003.  Some of the trees were already making a return, but others looked like they weren't ever coming back. Once again, shade was scarce along the trail to the peak.

Signs of Fire along the Garnet Peak Trail

Signs of Fire along the Garnet Peak Trail

We made our way up the mountain, passing the Pacific Crest Trail along the way. The trail cut into the northern side of the mountain and we could hear the Harley Davidsons opening up the engines along the Sunrise Highway. We passed some friendly hikers along the way, and were suddenly climbing a trail to the right and we were on the peak.

Looking south from Garnet Peak to Monument Peak

Looking south from Garnet Peak to Monument Peak

Storm Canyon Mountain and the Sawtooth Mountains from Garnet Peak

Storm Canyon Mountain and the Sawtooth Mountains from Garnet Peak

Sophia on the top of Garnet Peak, Age 1

Sophia on the top of Garnet Peak, Age 1

Family time atop Garnet Peak

Family time atop Garnet Peak

This peak had a similar view as Monument Peak; a nice view into Borrego Valley and views north and south along the Mount Laguna ridge line. We enjoyed the panorama and made it down the way we came.

Garnet Peak Trail Map

Garnet Peak Trail Map

Hang time from Garnet Peak

Hang time from Garnet Peak

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