Day and Overnight Hikes in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Day and Overnight Hikes in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

by Sheri McGregor, McGregor Sheri
     
 

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Anza Borrego Desert State Park is the largest desert park in the United States, drawing approximately 650,000 visitors per year. Combining detailed narrative with GPS-based trail maps, Day and Overnight Hikes: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park breaks down the best of the best hikes, both day and overnight. Whether it’s the best view over Culp Valley, a walk

Overview

Anza Borrego Desert State Park is the largest desert park in the United States, drawing approximately 650,000 visitors per year. Combining detailed narrative with GPS-based trail maps, Day and Overnight Hikes: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park breaks down the best of the best hikes, both day and overnight. Whether it’s the best view over Culp Valley, a walk through Hellhole Canyon, or a flat walk through hills and dales near the Salton Sea, Day and Overnight Hikes is the definitive go-to guide to enjoy the largest desert park in the United States, just an hour’s drive from San Diego.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780897329712
Publisher:
Menasha Ridge Press
Publication date:
12/01/2006
Series:
Day and Overnight Hikes
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
1,202,193
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 7.06(h) x 0.52(d)

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Flat Cat Canyon Day Hike
At first, this less-defined route may feel as if you’re cutting a bit aimlessly across open desert. But don’t worry; you haven’t fallen down Alice’s rabbit hole. Although you may glimpse the long ears of a jack rabbit loping among the cholla cacti, and the silver-green mounds of chuparosa. Also watch for small, shallow depressions in the sand. These are the dusty “tubs” made by kangaroo rats that roll in the sand to bathe.

You’ll cut across a sand wash, channeled out by floodwaters, and turn to the right for a short distance. Tracks are usually plentiful in this area. You’re likely to see the hoof prints of big horn sheep, along with coyote and fox tracks, which are difficult to tell apart. The coyote’s claws are usually more defined on an imprint than a fox’s.

The (southern) ridge of Flat Cat Canyon will be on your left. At its rocky end point, take a look at the interesting metamorphic rock that looks like enormously magnified phyllo dough, with its many layers baked a deep brown. Head north again for a short distance then southwest into the ravine’s opening. The trail will be what you make of it at first, picking your way through cacti and rocks.

Generally, the best way to start heading up the canyon is on the right, where a gently ascending sand wash makes for fairly easy stepping (heading more to the left requires more difficult rock scrambling).

Meet the Author

As a child growing up in San Diego, internationally published author Sheri McGregor remembers lying in the grass watching tiny bug worlds crawl by. As an adult, she still watches bugs . . . and sometimes feels just as tiny among the big trees, majestic mountains, and free-flowing waters in San Diego County. Authoring this hiking book allows her to do what she likes to do -- explore and write! She is also the author of 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: San Diego.

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