Pinyon Mountain—South Approach Trail

Julian, California 92036

Pinyon Mountain—South Approach Trail

Pinyon Mountain—South Approach Trail Professional Guide

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"The summit view includes Whale Peak, swelling across the southern horizon, blocking more distant views in that direction. Turning the other way, though, you take in a sweeping vista of the San Ysidro and Santa Rosa mountains, Borrego Valley, the Borrego Badlands, and the Salton Sea."

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Day & Overnight Hikes: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (Menasha Ridge Press)
Sheri McGregor
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"Beginning at an elevation of nearly 3,900 feet at the center of Pinyon Mountain Valley and climbing to more than 4,400 feet, this hike is a brief burst over rocky terrain to an eagle’s vantage point. The desert and mountain views are worth the effort. Outstanding Features: Rocky, steep trail dotted with sharp yucca leads to sweeping views of Pinyon Valley, the Salton Sea, Whale Peak, and the Santa Rosa Mountains."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
500 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
1.5 hours
October through May
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Local Contacts
USGS Whale Peak
Local Maps

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