Transition B

View from the green ridges of the Pacific Crest at Laguna Mountains to the desert peaks of Anza Borrego, from Garnet Peak, Laguna Mountains, California. April 2011.

View from the green ridges of the Pacific Crest at Laguna Mountains to the desert peaks of Anza Borrego, from Garnet Peak, Laguna Mountains, California. April 2011.

Garnet Peak is one of the most exposed peaks along the Pacific Crest in San Diego County, and it is the only major peak that is both easily accessible and has no antenna structures on it (Stevenson Peak is not accessible to the public and has antennas on it; Monument Peak is reachable via a short use-trail off of the Pacific Crest Trail but has antennas on it).

The hike to Garnet Peak is easy, either from the Penny Pines trailhead, incorporating a bit of the Pacific Crest Trail (my preferred route), or, even shorter, but less scenic, directly from the small Garnet Peak trailhead (no more than 3-4 cars will fit there) on Sunrise Highway.

On that particular April day in 2011, it was extremely windy, with gusts rushing over the peak and down into the desert below that were so strong that I could actually lean into them. The dead Manzanita in the foreground of the picture, bleached pale by the elements, is bent by these winds.

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