Pinyon Ridge Trail

Borrego Springs, California

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Dry Pinyon Ridge stands just high enough on the desert rim to support a sparse growth of pinyon pines. Similar to other “islands in the desert sky” such as the Pinyon Mountains and Whale Peak to the southeast, this ridge offers expansive views framed by picturesque foregrounds of eroded boulders and gnarled pinyons. Along the crest of the ridge, an old four-wheel-drive road called the Wilson Trail has functioned for a long time as a hiking-only footpath. The route leads to almost the exact center of a state wilderness area that is completely free of motorized travel.

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"Dry Pinyon Ridge stands just high enough on the desert rim to support a sparse growth of pinyon pines. Similar to other “islands in the desert sky” such as the Pinyon Mountains and Whale Peak to the southeast, this ridge offers expansive views framed by picturesque foregrounds of eroded boulders and gnarled pinyons. Along the crest of the ridge, an old four-wheel-drive road called the Wilson Trail has functioned for a long time as a hiking-only footpath. The route leads to almost the exact center of a state wilderness area that is completely free of motorized travel."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Borrego Springs
Distance: 8.5
Elevation Gain: 1,400 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 4 hours
Season: November through May
Local Contacts: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Local Maps: USGS Tubb Canyon
Driving Directions: Directions to Pinyon Ridge Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

4/22/2011
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A scenic 9 mile hike through great wildflowers (in season) to a ridge that overlooks the Anza Borrego Desert State Park valley floor below. (Date hiked: April 22, 2011.) Read the full write-up at: http://www.greeneadventures.com/2011/05/22/hiking-to-wilson-peak-via-pinyon-ridge-in-anza-borrego/



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