Garnet Peak is #59 on the Sierra Club’s list of 100 peaks in San Diego County. The hike is rather short, and the only challenge is the sheer drop down into the desert on its eastern side, if you’re easily feeling vertigo. It is probably one of the most impressive drops in the Laguna Mountains and well worth going there.
I started at the Penny Pines trailhead to make the hike a little bit longer, incorporating a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail. Up at Garnet Peak, the wind was so strong and cold that I abandoned the idea to stay until sunset for photos.
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