Ascent of Garnet Peak on 2018-09-23

Climber: Jeffrey Swain

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, September 23, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Garnet Peak
    Elevation:5880 ft / 1792 m

Ascent Trip Report

Garnet Peak Trailhead is on the eastern side of the Sunrise Highway. It was a bright and sunny day. The weather was warm and the air was clear. I had many trailheads to choose from: Penny Pines, Pioneer Trail, etc.; but this was the most direct. I got a late start, so I wasn't able to bag more than one peak, though there are a handful of peaks in the vicinity. This is a steady, easy climb, with some minor scrambling at the top. There are three peaks at the top. There is a register and a mark that looks like someone stole the benchmark. Views of Monument Peak, Stephenson Peak, Cuyamaca, Stonewall, and even Palomar Observatory. Peak is right on the divide and you can look down into the desert.

I decided to explore a little on the way down. There was an interesting outcropping to the northwest. From there, an easy bushwhack back down to the trail, which leads around Peak 5661. By the looks of it, an ascent of 5661 would involve some serious bushwhacking. There were some indications of tentative trails. Trail eventually led down to the highway and I followed the highway wast the Information Kiosk and back to the car at the Garnet Peak Trailhead. I could have saved some steps by going up and back the same way.
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Garnet Peak is a slow, steady climb on a well-marked and well-maintained trail from Sunrise Highway (2018-09-23). Photo by Jeffrey Swain.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:492 ft / 149 m
    Total Elevation Loss:568 ft / 173 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4 mi / 6.5 km
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Warm, Sunny and Clear.
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:492 ft / 149 m
    Distance:1.7 mi / 2.8 km
    Route:Garnet Peak Trail
    Start Trailhead:Garnet Peak Trailhead  5388 ft / 1642 m
    Time:1 Hours 36 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:568 ft / 173 m
    Distance:2.3 mi / 3.6 km
    Route:Pacific Crest Trail and Sunrise Hwy
    End Trailhead:Garnet Peak Trailhead  5312 ft / 1619 m
    Time:1 Hours 36 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Jeffrey Swain
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