McCain Valley Road Drive

San Diego, California 92139

McCain Valley Road Drive

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This is a scenic cruise through a divide between coast and desert. The broad, rolling uplands are strewn with massive granite boulders that provide not only often-fanciful scenic interest, but abundant opportunities for bouldering enthusiasts as well. The mountains also offer the chance to experience a mix of coastal chaparral, isolated woodlands and cacti, not to mention sweeping views deep into the Colorado Desert to the east. You can see from the Jacumba Mountains across Carrizo Gorge and the Carrizo Badlands to the Salton Sea, Imperial Sand Dunes, even the Chocolate Mountains some 70 miles northeast and Picacho Peak 100 miles east. While the road ascends about 1,200 feet from the start, to about 4,500 feet, the mountains rise to well over 5,500 feet. This is significant here because the desert that you’ll gaze upon sinks to well below sea level. Sacatone Overlook, with its view of Carrizo Gorge, and later Carrizo Overlook, where the wildlands of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park sprawl out below, are not to be missed."

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Trail Information

San Diego
Nearby City
Trail Type
2 hours
Best fall through spring; check local conditions
BLM’s El Centro Field Office
Local Contacts
ACSC San Diego, CRRA
Local Maps

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