San Diego, CA: Garnet Peak-Champagne Pass Loop

Witness the stunning transition of forest to desert on a 10.5-mile hike that traverses the Laguna Mountains.
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Witness the stunning transition of forest to desert on a 10.5-mile hike that traverses the Laguna Mountains.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 17.0

Waypoints

From the Summit

Location: 32.9260940551758, -116.458450317383

A rugged landscape opens up from the top of Garnet Peak. ©Steffan Fay

Sunset

Location: 32.9252891540527, -116.460311889648

Last rays of pink and blue from the shady slopes of Garnet Peak. © Steffan Fay

View NE into Vallecito Valley

Location: 32.9081840515137, -116.454124450684

©Steffan Fay.

View south

Location: 32.9147758483887, -116.454177856445

©Steffan Fay

View from trail of Garnet Peak

Location: 32.9168891906738, -116.455535888672

©Steffan Fay

View back along PCT

Location: 32.9187507629394, -116.457748413086

©Steffan Fay

GPT001

Location: 32.9059219360352, -116.457511901855

Head NNE on trail; L @ 3-way (mile .15) onto PCT

GPT002

Location: 32.9197463989258, -116.460678100586

Detour: R to 1 mi. RT hike to Garnet Peak; straight to continue

GPT003

Location: 32.9256744384766, -116.458763122559

Garnet Peak (5,900 ft.); dramatic vista of Anza-Borrego Desert 4,500 ft. below, the 8,000+ ft. Santa Rosa Mtns., and on a clear day, the Pacific Ocean

GPT004

Location: 32.9245376586914, -116.48055267334

Pioneer Mail Picnic Area; restroom; L over Sunrise Hwy. to gated road

GPT005

Location: 32.9238204956055, -116.481262207031

Pine Mtn. trailhead just N of road; bear R uphill .07 mi. later (4.53)

GPT006

Location: 32.9192504882812, -116.491065979004

Straight @ 4-way with fire road

GPT007

Location: 32.9112892150879, -116.496063232422

Straight @ 3-way along ridge

GPT008

Location: 32.909065246582, -116.497131347656

Champagne Pass (5,437 ft.); L @ Indian Creek Trail

GPT009

Location: 32.9080123901367, -116.48934173584

Cross Indian Creek, go R

GPT010

Location: 32.9067726135254, -116.487831115723

R @ 3-way

GPT011

Location: 32.9002456665039, -116.48486328125

L @ 3-way onto Noble Canyon Trail

GPT012

Location: 32.9041633605957, -116.476333618164

Straight @ unmarked fire road; straight at next 2 paved roads to trailhead