If you were to pick one of the most unique trails in San Diego, it would be Laguna Mountain. It is located exactly halfway across the dessert section to the west and the conifer section to the east. Laguna Lake makes the trail richer and more colorful.
Today's challenge is Garnet Peak, located north of that Laguna Mountain. It has the same starting point as the Big Laguna Loop. This course is a hidden gem for San Diego hikers. Although it’s length is only 4 miles, it is full of surprises in every corner. Especially noteworthy is the beautiful view towards the desert from the top of the mountain. It has a unique beauty that it cannot be compared with other mountains.
The trail, which emanated through the low clouds, stretches straight to the summit. It is not easy to find shade from the sun as it is made of low trees, characteristic of the dessert section. You can enjoy a beautiful view of the open forest to the west until you reach the summit. If you come here late in the afternoon, you can also enjoy a fantastic sunset.
As you get closer to the summit, you can feel both the dry wind in the air and the beautiful view of the desert. Its true enchanting form is only revealed at the top of this mountain. Now is the moment that when the sweat, you’ve been rewarded with a sense of accomplishment as the view is stunning. I'm already excited about the thought of capturing this image on camera and sending it to family and friends.
If you're planning to visit San Diego, I strongly recommend trying this trail. You can experience many things in a short time, such as the majestic sights and bucolic sounds. At the end of the day, I take the beautiful scenery into my heart as I tread down the mountain and finish the hike with light steps and a heavy satisfaction.
Trailhead: 12031 Sunrise Hwy, California
Length/Est/ Difficulty: 4.0 mi (3 h +/-) / 688 ft / moderate
Garnet Peak via PCT | AllTrails
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