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Monument Peak #1

6271'

Location: San Diego County, about 16 miles southeast of Julian, 160 miles from Los Angeles

Maps

Auto ClubSan Diego County
Forest ServiceCleveland National Forest
USGS TopoMonument Peak 7½
Official HPS Maps TPO file - Save to your computer then open with National Geographic TOPO!
 Viewable JPG file - Approximately 500K
 GPX file or Google Earth KML file to download to GPS units and other map software (How to use GPX and KML files)
 Routes as shown on CalTopo using the above files (How to use CalTopo)

Nearby Peaks: Garnet Mountain, Garnet Peak, Sheephead Mountain

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 1

(USFS Adventure Pass may be required)
Distance: 3 miles round trip on trail and cross-country
Gain: 500'
Time: 2 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, easy
Navigation: Easy

Original: Laura Joseph and Byron Prinzmetal, October 2002

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 a parking area at a gated dirt road on the left. This is the trailhead for Garnet Peak. Keep straight.
  • At 11.4 miles, Laguna/El Prado Campground entrance and Foster Lodge entrance. Keep straight.
  • At 12.5 miles, large parking area on the left (after mile marker 25). A trail from the parking area says, "Big Laguna trail to PCT .5 miles." Park here.

HIKING ROUTE 1

  • From the parking area (5760'), follow the Big Laguna Trail to the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT).
  • Turn left on the PCT and follow it to a point out of the trees where the radio installations on Monument Peak can be seen. The PCT will shortly make a sharp left turn with another fork going straight ahead.
  • Go straight ahead and follow this fork as it swings right and comes to a fenced enclosure with some trailers inside. (This is a NASA installation.)
  • Turn left and follow the fence around the left side of the installation until you come to a paved road.
  • Turn left on this road and follow it up to the summit.

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 2

(USFS Adventure Pass may be required)
Distance: 3 miles round trip on trail and cross-country
Gain: 500'
Time: 2 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, easy
Navigation: Easy

Original: Warren E. von Pertz, March 1968

DRIVING ROUTE 2

  • 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 a parking area at a gated dirt road on the left. This is the trailhead for Garnet Peak. Keep straight.
  • At 11.4 miles, Laguna/El Prado Campground entrance and Foster Lodge entrance. Keep straight.
  • At 12.5 miles, large parking area on the left (after mile marker 25). A trail from the parking area says, "Big Laguna trail to PCT .5 miles." This is the parking spot for Route 1.
  • Drive 1/4 mile south past the parking spot for Route 1. There is a large parking area on the left. Park here.

HIKING ROUTE 2

  • From the parking area (5760'), cross the fence at the place provided and follow a faint road leading north.
  • Keep left at a fork about 1/4 mile from the cars. The road goes up a long ridge and disappears. Continue north along the ridge to pick up the PCT.
  • Turn left on the PCT and follow it to a point out of the trees where the radio installations on Monument Peak can be seen. The PCT will shortly make a sharp left turn with another fork going straight ahead.
  • Go straight ahead and follow this fork as it swings right and comes to a fenced enclosure with some trailers inside. (This is a NASA installation.)
  • Turn left and follow the fence around the left side of the installation until you come to a paved road.
  • Turn left on this road and follow it up to the summit.

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 3

Distance: 5 miles round trip on trail and cross-country
Gain: 900' total, 800' out plus 100' on return
Time: 3 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, easy
Navigation: Easy

Original: George Wysup, April 2000

DRIVING ROUTE 3

  • 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 on Sunrise Highway for 11.4 miles to Laguna/El Prado Campground entrance and Foster Lodge entrance near mile marker 27. Park at Foster Lodge.

HIKING ROUTE 3

  • Hike north from the lodge (5560') and pick up the PCT.
  • Follow the PCT in the Mexico direction for about 1.5 miles, past bump 5958', to where it meets a prominent ridge going up to the left.
  • Go up this ridge, over a minor bump, and continue to the summit.

Note: Avoiding the paved road near the summit results in a route 100% different than Routes 1 and 2.


NOTES

The summit offers a fine view of the Laguna Mountains and the surrounding area. Point Loma and the Coronado Islands can be seen on a clear day.

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