Sunset Mountain Trail

Julian, California 92036

Sunset Mountain Trail

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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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Trail Information

Nearby City
2,200 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
5 hours
November through April
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Local Contacts
USGS Whale Peak
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