Peak 6582 Trail

Borrego Springs, California

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Peak 6582 (labeled “Dawns Peak” on some maps) is the highest point in the main Santa Rosa crest between Toro Peak (8716 feet) and Rabbit Peak (6666 feet). With perhaps one or two visits per year over the past few decades, it is one of the least-climbed—and least-accessible— peaks in the Anza-Borrego Desert. A few adventurers have passed over its summit while traveling along the crest from Toro to Rabbit and beyond. Others have ascended from upper Clark Valley—my description below is one of several possible variations of that route. It takes a strong sense of determination to withstand miles of waterless, rocky terrain and thousands of feet of steady elevation gain for the privilege of standing atop a bump on a ridge barely distinguishable from others of similar stature nearby. But like many desert peaks, this one holds a special fascination. An elaborate pillar of stones, erected sometime before 1970, graces the summit—a monument to some unknown hiker or hikers who not only climbed the peak but also put in hours of skilled labor.

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"Peak 6582 (labeled “Dawns Peak” on some maps) is the highest point in the main Santa Rosa crest between Toro Peak (8716 feet) and Rabbit Peak (6666 feet). With perhaps one or two visits per year over the past few decades, it is one of the least-climbed—and least-accessible— peaks in the Anza-Borrego Desert. A few adventurers have passed over its summit while traveling along the crest from Toro to Rabbit and beyond. Others have ascended from upper Clark Valley—my description below is one of several possible variations of that route. It takes a strong sense of determination to withstand miles of waterless, rocky terrain and thousands of feet of steady elevation gain for the privilege of standing atop a bump on a ridge barely distinguishable from others of similar stature nearby. But like many desert peaks, this one holds a special fascination. An elaborate pillar of stones, erected sometime before 1970, graces the summit—a monument to some unknown hiker or hikers who not only climbed the peak but also put in hours of skilled labor."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Borrego Springs
Distance: 12
Elevation Gain: 5,800 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 13 hours
Season: November through April
Local Contacts: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Bureau of Land Management, Palm Springs South Field Office
Local Maps: USGS Clark Lake NE
Driving Directions: Directions to Peak 6582 Trail

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