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Garnet Peak Trail Professional Review and Guide
"This is one of the most picturesque and beautiful regions in Southern California. The austere scenery is stark and desolate to be certain, but there is an underlying elegance to its openness and the vast immeasurable distances that spread out below the peak. Nothing but the wind touches this thick chaparral-filled plateau. The silence coupled with the song of the currents creates a natural lucidity that engages the spirit and forges a connection with the barren landscape. From the apex, the view is staggering: an entire swath of Southern California can be seen, from the Salton Sea to the Herculean summits of San Gorgonio and San Jacinto. The dome of the Palomar Observatory is conspicuous to the north; to the west and south, the entire Cuyamaca and Laguna Mountain Recreation Area appear. This may be the best view in all of San Diego County."
--Allen Riedel, 100 Classic Hikes in Southern California (The Mountaineers Books).
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