Culp Valley Overlook

Borrego Springs, California

Culp Valley Overlook Professional Review and Guide

"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 ranching past are noticeable, such as the stock watering facilities at Pena Spring. The trail to the Culp Valley Overlook is easily accessible from the main highway from Ranchita, so this hike gets lots of visitors. The view makes it a popular stop on most itineraries. The lookout point offers magnificent vistas of Hellhole Canyon and the desert expanse of the Borrego Valley and its surrounding mountains. This is not a hike for dashing out and then returning immediately to your car."

Culp Valley Overlook Reviews

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A great hike from one of my favorite campgrounds in San Diego County. This high-desert trail takes you through Juniper flats up to a ridge with breathtaking views of the desert floor 4,000 feet below.
This must be one of the most amazing views in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. The Trail's easy to find up to the east from the trailhead, and there's a sign with 'Vista 400 yards' to make sure you know to head east. It's also well worth heading down (east) the trail another few minutes (the San Diego Sea to Sea Trail), as you'll find cactus gardens that look as though some higher power has waved a hand over to create - just stunning varieties of just about everything. If you keep following the trail, you'll end up down at the Visitors Center in Borrego!

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Trail Information

Borrego Springs
Nearby City
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Day hike
Best October to May
Anza - Borrego Desert State Park
Local Contacts
Earthwalk Press Anza-Borrego Region Recreation Map; USGS Tubb Canyon
Local Maps

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Jun 2018