Kenyon Overlook

Borrego Springs, California

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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, beavertail cactus, barrel cactus, and brittlebush. The trail reaches its high point at a rocky ridge overlook at 0.3 mile. Turn left and walk about 30 yards to the overlook, which contains a monument in honor of William L. Kenyon, a noted desert conservationist and district park superintendent from 1947 to 1959. From the overlook, the desert spreads out like the pages of a book. Beyond is a seemingly endless series of arroyos (washes) that deposit gravel and silt in delta-like fans, two or more of which are called bajadas. These bajadas support a dense mantle of agave, called mescal. On a clear day you can see the Salton Sea 30 miles to the east.

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"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, beavertail cactus, barrel cactus, and brittlebush. The trail reaches its high point at a rocky ridge overlook at 0.3 mile. Turn left and walk about 30 yards to the overlook, which contains a monument in honor of William L. Kenyon, a noted desert conservationist and district park superintendent from 1947 to 1959. From the overlook, the desert spreads out like the pages of a book. Beyond is a seemingly endless series of arroyos (washes) that deposit gravel and silt in delta-like fans, two or more of which are called bajadas. These bajadas support a dense mantle of agave, called mescal. On a clear day you can see the Salton Sea 30 miles to the east."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Borrego Springs
Distance: 1
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day hike
Season: Best October to April
Local Contacts: Anza - Borrego Desert State Park
Local Maps: Earthwalk Press Anza-Borrego Region Recreation Map; USGS Borrego Sink

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Jun 2018