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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."
--Bill Cunningham & Polly Burke, Best Easy Day Hikes: Anza-Borrego (Falcon Guides).
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