Sunset Mountain Trail

Julian, California

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Sunset Mountain stands lofty and somewhat isolated from the main Vallecito mountain chain. Seen from Borrego Springs and other points in Borrego Valley, the desert-varnished rocks on its rounded flank glow warmly in the evening light. From the west and south, the mountain appears more pyramidal and jagged, abruptly rising above the broad, sandy expanses of Mescal Bajada and Pinyon Wash. From the Pinyon Wash/Nolina Wash junction, follow on foot the Pinyon Wash road east and southeast for less than a mile. After going that far, the entire west slope of Sunset Mountain is in view, and you can picture one or more routes to the top.
Afoot & Afield: San Diego County

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Afoot & Afield: San Diego County

by Jerry Schad (Wilderness Press)

Sunset Mountain stands lofty and somewhat isolated from the main Vallecito mountain chain. Seen from Borrego Springs and other points in Borrego Valley, the desert-varnished rocks on its rounded flank glow warmly in the evening light. From the west and south, the mountain appears more pyramidal and jagged, abruptly rising above the broad, sandy expanses of Mescal Bajada and Pinyon Wash. From the Pinyon Wash/Nolina Wash junction, follow on foot the Pinyon Wash road east and southeast for less than a mile. After going that far, the entire west slope of Sunset Mountain is in view, and you can picture one or more routes to the top.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Julian
Distance: 6
Elevation Gain: 2,200 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 5 hours
Season: November through April
Local Contacts: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Local Maps: USGS Whale Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Sunset Mountain Trail

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