Pinyon Mountain—South Approach Trail

Julian, California

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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.

Pinyon Mountain—South Approach Trail Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Julian
Distance: 2
Elevation Gain: 500 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: October through May
Local Contacts: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Local Maps: USGS Whale Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Pinyon Mountain—South Approach Trail

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May 2018