Ghost Mountain

Julian, California

Ghost Mountain Professional Review and Guide

"Marshal South was a poet and an early refugee from civilization. He fled with his wife and three children in the 1930s to this remote desert mountaintop, named Yaquitepec. This hike is an interesting mixture of scenic splendor and devastating squalor. The landscape is breathtaking in its stark beauty, while the Souths’ adobe cabin was primitive at best. The remains of the family’s 15-year existence on top of a mountain peak in this valley creates a striking contrast with the awesome views in every direction. No water is available; the remains of a cistern system sit on the boulders near the cooking area. Fuel is also nonexistent. Living here must have been hard work, considering the lack of essential supplies. From the parking area at the base of the mountain, the path snakes its way to the mountaintop with a series of steps and switchbacks. Marshal South may not have been terribly practical about location, but he did have some simple engineering skills. He built quite a trail, complete with steps carved into rocks on some of the steeper stretches. It is thought-provoking to imagine transporting food and water up this hillside and rearing three children in such a location."

Ghost Mountain Reviews

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A short hike, only 2 miles round trip, but the up hill is BRUTAL with too many switch backs. Fantastic view though and fascinating archeology.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
420 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Day hike
Best October to April
Anza - Borrego Desert State Park
Local Contacts
Earthwalk Press Anza-Borrego Region Recreation Map; USGS Earthquake Valley
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jun 2018