Sombrero Peak—East Approach Trail

Ocotillo, California

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Cone-shaped Sombrero Peak rises head and shoulders above the east rim of the McCain Valley plateau, overlooking a 100-square-mile expanse of rock-strewn mountains and gorges, sun-baked valleys, and distant badlands. Conversely, the peak itself is a prominent and familiar landmark widely observed from the desert below. The short, steep approach from the east described here feels a bit like true mountain climbing. A longer, west-side approach with less climbing is described in the West Approach.

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"Cone-shaped Sombrero Peak rises head and shoulders above the east rim of the McCain Valley plateau, overlooking a 100-square-mile expanse of rock-strewn mountains and gorges, sun-baked valleys, and distant badlands. Conversely, the peak itself is a prominent and familiar landmark widely observed from the desert below. The short, steep approach from the east described here feels a bit like true mountain climbing. A longer, west-side approach with less climbing is described in the West Approach."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Ocotillo
Distance: 3
Elevation Gain: 1,900 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 3.5 hours
Season: November through April
Local Contacts: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Local Maps: USGS Sombrero Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Sombrero Peak—East Approach Trail

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May 2018