"Named by the San Bernardino Historical Society in 1931 when it placed a monument in honor of Padre Francisco Tomas Hermenegildo Garces (1738-81). Garces blazed the first (and nearly waterless) trail across the Colorado Desert (1771). It was cursed as "El Camino del Diablo", and later was known as the "Old Spanish Trail". Garces accompanied the expedition of Juan Bautista de Anza (1735-88), and described the view from this summit in his diary (1776). The marker has since been destroyed by motorized vandals.
Monument Peak (5,290 ft.)
Name first appears on USFS San Bernardino National Forest map (1965).
Peak was added to the HPS Peak List in 1965."
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