Garnet Peak from Pioneer Mail Hike

Saturday, April 27, 2019



Garnet Peak from Pioneer Mail Picnic Area
via the Pacific Crest Trail
Laguna Mountain Recreational Area
Saturday, April 27, 2019, 8:45 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Note: A National Forest Adventure Pass is needed to park at Pioneer Mail. Vinnie has 2 passes we can use for carpooling. Day Passes are available for $5 at Adventure 16, REI and Big-5 Sporting Goods.

Join the Rock Church Hiking Ministry family as we do a 6-mile out-and-back hike to Garnet Peak in the Laguna Mountain Recreational Area. It's always a fun time of fellowship and enjoying the beauty of God's creation!

The rocky, hilly trail offers spectacular desert views while hiking on the iconic Pacific Crest Trail. We will meet at the historic Pioneer Mail Picnic Area, where there is plenty of parking and restrooms. We will hike the Pacific Crest Trail for 2.45 miles, then turn left and begin the ascent to Garnet Peak. It's a half-mile trek to the peak on a rocky trail. There is an amazing view of the desert from the peak as we break for snacks and re-hydration. There's not much shade on the trail, so be prepared for lots of sun. Hope to see you all there!

If anyone wants to go to Julian afterwards for pie and ice cream, we can make arrangements after the hike.

Details on the hike can be found here.

We'll carpool from the Park and Ride Lot adjacent to Red Lobster at 8703 Murray Dr., La Mesa, CA 91942. We will leave at 7:30 a.m. and drive to the Pioneer Mail Picnic Area.

"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." - Joshua 1:9 NIV

Pioneer Mail Picnic Area to Garnet Peak
Laguna Mountain Recreational Area
Mile Marker 29, Sunrise Hwy.
Mt. Laguna, CA 91948

Saturday, April 27, 2019
8:45 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Carpool meets at 7:15 a.m.
Carpool leaves at 7:30 a.m.
Trailhead arrival at 8:30 a.m.
Hike starts at 8:45 a.m.

Difficulty: Moderate
Highlight: Desert Views, wildflowers
Distance: 6 miles (round trip)
Elevation Gain: 1,400 feet
Hiking Time: approximately 3 hours
Dogs on leash permitted but not recommended
Weather: Hike will be cancelled if it rains.

What to Bring

  • Good running or hiking shoes
  • Comfortable clothing, dress in layers
  • Hat or visor
  • Hiking Poles (optional)
  • Water (at least 2 liters recommended)
  • Snacks and/or a sandwich
  • Sunscreen/Sunglasses 

Trailhead Directions:
I-8 east to exit 47, Sunrise Highway. Make a left at the stop sign and drive north on Sunrise Highway. to Mile Marker 29. Turn right into the Pioneer Mail Picnic Area. There is plenty of parking. There is no available water, but there are restrooms.

Carpool Address:
Park and Ride Lot adjacent to Red Lobster at 8703 Murray Dr., La Mesa, CA 91942. If you are willing to help carpool others or if you have questions, please contact Vinnie at [email protected]

A National Forest Adventure Pass is needed to park at Pioneer Mail. I do have 2 passes we can use.

Saturday · April 27, 2019
8:45 AM - 12 PM
If you have questions, please contact Vinnie Freeman at [email protected].

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