Best Easy Day Hikes: Anza-Borrego Guide Book

by Bill Cunningham & Polly Burke (Falcon Guides)
Best Easy Day Hikes Anza-Borrego  by Bill Cunningham & Polly Burke

80pp/maps
ISBN: 1560449764

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is set in the stark and spectacular Sonoran Desert of Southern California. The park's 600,000 acres, much of which is designated wilderness, is home to fascinating wildlife and botanical diversity. The easy hikes in this book will introduce you to this special ecosystem, leading you to groves of palms and elephant trees, spectacular overlooks, and sites of historical and prehistoric interest. Included are concise descriptions and detailed maps of 20 short, easy-to-follow trails within the desert park. Most of these trails are less than two-miles long and climb no more than 500 feet, making them perfect for families.

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Trails from the "Best Easy Day Hikes: Anza-Borrego" Guide Book
Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 20.
... Preview: For centuries, Alcoholic Pass has been used by the region’s inhabitants to travel from Clark Valley (to the northeast) to Borrego Valley. The trail was created by countless moccasins before our hiking ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Anza-Borrego"
Borrego Springs, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.2
... Preview: This trail provides a spectacular introduction to the beauties of the desert. The interpretive brochure and the clear signs will help you become familiar with the plants and animals, geology, history, ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Anza-Borrego"
Borrego Springs, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.5
... Preview: Much of Anza-Borrego’s history coincides at this spot! The Southern Emigrant Trail and the Butterfield Overland Mail Route once traversed this arduous low mountain pass. The historical marker is right ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Anza-Borrego"
Julian, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.4
... Preview: This short, easy-to-follow trail begins as a sandy winding path and becomes rockier as it leads up the canyon. Signs identify jumping cholla, beavertail cactus, and saltbush. When driving through the ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Anza-Borrego"
Borrego Springs, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1
... Preview: Culp Valley is a high valley (3,400 feet) on the southern edge of the San Ysidro Mountains. It was used for grazing cattle for many decades in the early half of the last century. Traces of its ranchin ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Anza-Borrego"
Borrego Springs, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.6
... Preview: Fault lines, rock formation, and erosion are some of the lessons of the Earth Narrows Trail. The seven stops on the loop, which is 0.5-mile long, provide an introduction to the forces that created Anz ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Anza-Borrego"
Borrego Springs, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.5
... Preview: This well-signed interpretive nature trail climbs gently up a rock-lined wash to a small “herd” of elephant trees. This most unusual elephant tree of the Sonoran Desert was not discovered and identifi ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Anza-Borrego"
Ocotillo Wells, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.5
... Preview: This short trail provides an excellent orientation to the Blair Valley region, with its layers of human use, from prehistoric (pictographs and morteros) to historic (pioneer routes through Box Canyon ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Anza-Borrego"
Julian, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.2
... Preview: Marshal South was a poet and an early refugee from civilization. He fled with his wife and three children in the 1930s to this remote desert mountaintop, named Yaquitepec. This hike is an interesting ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Anza-Borrego"
Julian, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
... Preview: From the trailhead, take the signed trail uphill. The trail maintains a gentle up-and-down grade through a series of parallel gullies lined with yucca, creosote bush, silver cholla, ocotillo, beaverta ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Anza-Borrego"
Borrego Springs, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1
... Preview: Although this trail lies outside of the Anza-Borrego park boundary, and there is an entry fee to the county park, it is definitely worth a visit. Interesting erosion formations, intermittent watery sp ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Anza-Borrego"
Julian, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.5
... Preview: This is a loop trail hike at the eastern edge of the Tierra Blanca Mountains, with several steep but short climbs and with two canyon branches to native palm groves. The hike is best done as a complet ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Anza-Borrego"
Julian, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.1
... Preview: The overlook offers a wide panorama from the eastern foot of San Ysidro Peak to Borrego Palm Canyon and Borrego Valley. Also in view are the Borrego Badlands, the Vallecito Mountains, and the Santa Ro ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Anza-Borrego"
Borrego Springs, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.4
... Preview: Blair Valley has attracted human visitors for centuries. High above the desert, its temperatures are more moderate than those of its surroundings. Early inhabitants evidently found it comfortable, as ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Anza-Borrego"
Julian, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.2
... Preview: Coyote, bobcat, and a host of smaller animal tracks tell the tale of their visits to this desert spring oasis, which is shaded by dense willow and a single palm tree. Bring your binoculars for excelle ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Anza-Borrego"
Julian, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.9
... Preview: A broad, sandy trail leads southeast from the parking lot to the site of a prehistoric village set against the rock-strewn hillside. The slight elevation gain provides a sweeping view of Little Blair ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Anza-Borrego"
Julian, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.5
... Preview: Hike up the sandy wash of Torote Canyon, which for the most part makes a good and easy-to-follow trail. You will need to scramble up and over an occasional boulder-clogged segment of the trail, but in ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Anza-Borrego"
Julian, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.2
... Preview: This long east-west trail follows the old Pinyon Ridge jeep track, which is now closed to vehicular travel. The trail and mountain are named for an early day Borrego Valley cattle rancher. The remoten ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Anza-Borrego"
Borrego Springs, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
... Preview: The trip’s excitement begins with the drive up the wash. Progressing upward from the valley floor, the wash approaches the rocky face of Split Mountain, then cuts through the mountain, with hardly any ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Anza-Borrego"
Ocotillo Wells, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.5
... Preview: This is a well-signed, varied nature trail, slightly longer than most of the other trails in the park. The trail begins at the highway, but quickly angles up a rise on a gentle but rocky slope, where ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Anza-Borrego"
Borrego Springs, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
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