Day and Overnight Hikes in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is the largest desert state park in the contiguous United States, drawing approximately 650,000 visitors per year. Choosing the best day and overnight hikes within the park's 600,000 acres is a major undertaking. But whether you're out to spot endangered bighorn sheep, revel in the spring flower show, or seek out desert waterfalls, author Sheri McGregor has got you I covered. Includes GPS-based trail maps and more!
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Overview

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is the largest desert state park in the contiguous United States, drawing approximately 650,000 visitors per year. Choosing the best day and overnight hikes within the park's 600,000 acres is a major undertaking. But whether you're out to spot endangered bighorn sheep, revel in the spring flower show, or seek out desert waterfalls, author Sheri McGregor has got you I covered. Includes GPS-based trail maps and more!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897329712
  • Publisher: Menasha Ridge Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2006
  • Series: Day and Overnight Hikes
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 1,014,997
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 7.06 (h) x 0.52 (d)

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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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).

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Table of Contents


Overview Map
Map Key     i
Dedication     x
Acknowledgments     xi
Preface     xii
Hiking Recommendations     xiv
Introduction     1
How to Use This Guidebook     1
Weather     5
Water     7
Clothing     8
The Essentials     8
First-aid Kit     9
Hiking with Children     10
General Safety     10
Animal and Plant Hazards     13
Tips for Enjoying Anza-Borrego Desert State Park     16
Backcountry Advice     17
Culp Valley. Hellhole Canyon, and Borrego Palm Canyon     20
Introduction     22
Wilson Trail     24
Hellhole Canyon to Maidenhair Falls     28
Flat Cat Canyon     33
California Riding and Hiking Trail     38
Borrego Palm Canyon Nature Trail     42
Borrego Palm Canyon to South Fork Falls     46
Coyote Canyon     50
Introduction     52
Lower Willows Loop     56
Sheep Canyon     60
Cougar Canyon     65
Indian Canyon     71
HorseCanyon     74
White Wash     78
Clark Valley     82
Introduction     84
Butler Canyon-Rockhouse Canyon Loop     85
Blair Valley     90
Introduction     93
Pinyon Mountain     94
Whale Peak     97
Rainbow Canyon Loop     102
Oriflamme Canyon     105
The Mortreros     111
Pictograph Trail     113
Ghost Mountain     116
Bow Willow and Mountain Palm Springs     120
Introduction     122
Bow Willow-Rockhouse Canyon Loop     124
Mountain Palm Springs Loop     128
Torote Canyon     133
Split Mountain and Fish Greek     136
Introduction     138
Elephant Trees Nature Loop     140
Alma Wash     144
Wind Caves Loop     147
Mud Hills Wash to Elephant Knees     150
San Sebastian Marsh     154
Agua Caliente County Park     158
Introduction     160
Moonlight Canyon Loop     161
Carrizo Greek and Carrizo Canyon     164
Introduction     166
Carrizo Canyon to Train Trestles     167
South Carrizo Creek-Canyon Sin Nombre Loop     171
Canyon Sin Nombre     175
Outdoor Shops     179
Places to Buy Maps     181
Hiking Clubs and Other Organizations     182
Index     183
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