San Ysidro Mountain Trail

Borrego Springs, California

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The eastern brow of San Ysidro Mountain overlooks Borrego Valley from an elevation of nearly 1 mile. Here, in the cool, pinyon-pine-and-juniper belt, you can experience a startling pseudo-aerial perspective of Anza-Borrego quite unlike that seen from any other land-based vantage point. On this hike, horizontal distance is trivial and vertical gain is everything. It’s a taxing but immensely satisfying journey. Every step upward takes you closer to the heavens and farther from the civilized world. The roads, dwellings, and windbreak-bordered fields etched on the floor of Borrego Valley always remain visible through the clear desert air, but they become more and more toy-like and abstract—as if viewed from space—as you climb.

San Ysidro Mountain Trail Professional Review and Guide

"The eastern brow of San Ysidro Mountain overlooks Borrego Valley from an elevation of nearly 1 mile. Here, in the cool, pinyon-pine-and-juniper belt, you can experience a startling pseudo-aerial perspective of Anza-Borrego quite unlike that seen from any other land-based vantage point. On this hike, horizontal distance is trivial and vertical gain is everything. It’s a taxing but immensely satisfying journey. Every step upward takes you closer to the heavens and farther from the civilized world. The roads, dwellings, and windbreak-bordered fields etched on the floor of Borrego Valley always remain visible through the clear desert air, but they become more and more toy-like and abstract—as if viewed from space—as you climb."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Borrego Springs
Distance: 7
Elevation Gain: 4,400 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 8 hours
Season: November through April
Local Contacts: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Local Maps: USGS Borrego Palm Canyon
Driving Directions: Directions to San Ysidro Mountain Trail

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May 2018