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Location: San Diego County, about 13 miles southeast of Julian, 158 miles from Los Angeles
|Auto Club||San Diego County|
|Forest Service||Cleveland National Forest|
|USGS Topos||Monument Peak 7½|
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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
DRIVING ROUTE 1
- 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.
HIKING ROUTE 1
- 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
- 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.
Please report any corrections or changes to the
Mountain Records Chair.