Back to Garnet Peak

These days, I am exploring places that are close to home, usually in San Diego County. Garnet Peak is one of those places, so I returned last week. After the drive, it is a 1 mile hike to the peak from Sunrise Highway. I hiked up to the peak for sunset and sunrise the following morning. I think my favorite shot of the morning was the one below of Granite Mountain.

Desert View (version 2): The peak in the center is Granite Mountain.
Desert View Panorama: Vallecito Valley and Granite Peak in Anza Borrego Desert State Park

I also liked my shot of the twisted dead tree on the Garnet Peak. That shot and my trips to Garnet Peak were inspired by Alexander Knuz, another local photographer. You can see his photo “Summer Dawn at Garnet Peak” here.

Twisted Tree

After sunrise morning photos on Garnet Peak, I headed to the Julian area and down the Banner Grade road looking for fall colors. I pulled over at one area and started exploring along a creek with flowing water.

Gold en Green

A trail led up the canyon which I followed. I shortly came upon an abandoned gold mine. Wow! I put on my headlamp and ventured in disturbing some bats. The passage went on further than I dared. It was a bit spooky since I was by myself.

Inside an Abandoned Gold Mine: After sunrise on Garnet Peak, I went looking for fall color around the town of Julian. In my wanderings, I came across a trail beside a creek with water (rare this time of year). After following the trail some distance I came to an abandoned gold mine. Cool! I put on my headlamp and ventured deep into the mountain with a few fluttering bats for company.

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Sunrise and Sunset on Garnet Peak

I visited Garnet Peak in the Laguna Mountains for sunset and then again for sunrise on the following morning. It was a remarkably clear sky for sunset. One could see all the way to the Pacific Ocean on one side and the Salton Sea on the other. I arrived near the peak well before sunset and found these beautiful rocks catching the evening light. The next morning I began hiking in the dark at 6am and was on the peak by 6:30. I hope to return soon.

I went up to Garnet Peak in the evening to check out the scene for a morning shoot. I was rewarded with wonderful light that night and an audience of stones.
It was a cloudless sky, so I didn’t expect much, but the light was wonderful. I was able to look west and see the Pacific Ocean. Looking east is the mountains drop down to the Anza Borrego desert and El Centro in the distance.
The next morning I was on the peak before the sun rose. There were three others there also, the last day of daylight savings time. The next day we would have to come an hour early to be there at sunrise.
This is the shot from the following morning, looking down a few thousand feet over the Anza Borrego Desert.
As I was leaving I found this scene on the back side of Garnet Peak.

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