Garnet Peak

Garnet Peak is one of the many peaks that thrust out from the eastern edge of the Laguna Plateau. While it is not the highest, it has one of the most commanding views of the desert country of Southern California, including Anza-Borrego desert, Mts. San Gorgonio and San Jacinto, the Salton Sea, and northernmost Mexico. […]

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The Sunset Trail

Perched atop a rolling plateau in the Peninsular Ranges in eastern San Diego County lies a vast, sumptuous meadow, rimmed with pine trees and studded with small, ephemeral lakes. This landscape, which may be one of the most beautiful in all of San Diego, offers contrast, solitude, silence, endless vistas, and cool, shady forests to […]

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Joshua Tree, Day 2: Ryan Mountain

Distance: 2.9 MilesElevation Gained: 1,070′Difficulty: ModerateCritters: None Get here like this.Details: While I was sitting atop Ryan Mountain and enjoying a panoramic view of two deserts, a man came huffing and puffing up to the summit. He looked left. He looked right. He then stood there for a couple of minutes, turned around, and left. […]

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Joshua Tree, Day 1: Barker Dam

Rocks showing the waterline within Barker Resevoir Distance: 4.5 milesElevation Gained: Not certain there is anyDifficulty: EasyCritters: A roadrunner, a hawk Get there like this. Details: Everything in the desert is centered around water. Plants evolve elaborate responses to the climate such as small, waxy leaves that balance the need to conserve water with the […]

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Joshua Tree, Day 1: Hidden Valley

Distance: 2 + milesElevation Gained: Not MuchDifficulty: Not HardCritters: Not many, aside from a flock of quail Get there like this. Details: All over California you will find remnant populations of trees. These relics are leftover from a cooler, damper time. During that time, various species of trees, such as Torrey Pines, Redwoods, and Giant […]

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San Gabriel Peak

Panorama of the San Gabriel Range looking east to Mt. Baldy Distance: 4.2 MilesElevation Gained: 1,600′Difficulty: Moderately StrenuousTime: 2:30 Directions to the trailhead Note: Don’t forget your National Forest Adventure Pass Details: Red Box Canyon from the Trailhead The Front Range of the San Gabriel Mountains looms like a massive, green wall over the cities […]

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