Morning at Garnet Peak (3 photos)

My friend Tracy wanted to “bag” Wooded Hill, one of the less prominent peaks in the Laguna Mountains (he’s working on the list of 100 peaks in San Diego County). Since that’s a really short hike, I suggested to include Garnet Peak and, since it was going to be a pretty warm day, start early in order to do the more exposed Garnet Peak first (Wooded Hill is, as the name implies, wooded, and offers more shade).

It had been a while since my last hike to Garnet Peak, for the “bloodmoon lunar eclipse” in 2015. This is probably the most exposed peak along the peninsular ranges is San Diego County, with an impressive drop into the desert to the east. It’s really easy to hike though, coming from the west it probably takes only half an hour or a little more to get there. Along the trail are some really nice wildflower displays at the moment (I’ve made some photos of them, but I’ve yet to edit & add them to the site).

With our relatively early start in San Diego we were at the peak proper around 7am – the sun was already up pretty high of course (sunrise is around 5:40 right now). It was a clear but hazy day, yet the views from Garnet Peak never disappoint:

By the time we had finished both short hikes the temperature had risen to 80F at Mount Laguna, and 85F in Pine Valley, were we stopped for lunch on the way back. Getting up early was the right idea!

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