Granite Mountain

Anza-Borrego Desert State Wilderness, California

Elevation Gain3,561ft
Trailhead Elevation2,596ft
Elevation Min/Max2596/5648ft
Elevation Start/End2596/2596ft

Granite Mountain

Granite Mountain is a hiking trail in San Diego County, California. It is within Anza-Borrego Desert State Wilderness. It is 3.4 miles long and begins at 2,596 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,561 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking. The trail ends near Granite Mountain (elevation 5,614 feet).

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Afoot & Afield: San Diego County (Wilderness Press)
Jerry Schad
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"Although there’s no trail to Granite Mountain’s summit, it is possible to climb the mountain from nearly every direction. The Pacific Crest Trail meanders around the mountain’s north flank but never approaches the summit close enough to be much good in facilitating a climb. Hikers have also fashioned monotonous routes up the south flank. The following route, starting with a passage through Cool Canyon, breathes some variety into the arduous climb. You’ll multiply your satisfaction if you do this on a crystal-clear day—the summit view, stretching all the way to the ocean, can be fantastic."

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Trail Information

Anza-Borrego Desert State Wilderness
Nearby City
Anza-Borrego Desert State Wilderness
Skill Level
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
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USGS Earthquake Valley
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