Alcoholic Pass

Santa Rosa Mountains State Wilderness, California

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Alcoholic Pass is a hiking trail in San Diego County, California. It is within Santa Rosa Mountains State Wilderness. It is 0.9 miles long and begins at 1,560 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 736 feet.
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Alcoholic Pass is a hiking trail in San Diego County, California. It is within Santa Rosa Mountains State Wilderness. It is 0.9 miles long and begins at 1,560 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 736 feet.
Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Santa Rosa Mountains State Wilderness
Distance: 0.9
Elevation Gain: 736 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 1,560 feet
Top Elevation: 1,572 feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Alcoholic Pass
Parks: Santa Rosa Mountains State Wilderness
Elevation Min/Max: 930/1572 ft
Elevation Start/End: 1560/1560 ft
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Best Easy Day Hikes: Anza-Borrego

Best Easy Day Hikes: Anza-Borrego

For centuries, Alcoholic Pass has been used by the region’s inhabitants to travel from Clark Valley (to the northeast) to Borrego Valley. The trail was created by countless moccasins before our hiking boots arrived. As you climb to the pass, with its sweeping view, you can imagine the variety of folks who have used the same pathway, as well as develop theories about the origin of the pass’s curious name.

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For centuries, Alcoholic Pass has been used by the region’s inhabitants to travel from Clark Valley (on the northeast) to Borrego Valley. These use trails were created by countless moccasins before our hiking boots arrived. As you climb to the pass with its sweeping view, you can develop many theories about the origin of the pass’s name.

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Afoot & Afield: San Diego County

Afoot & Afield: San Diego County

For centuries, Cahuilla Indians used Alcoholic Pass as a convenient shortcut between Coyote Canyon and Clark Valley. In time, a well-beaten trail was worn across the precipitous slopes west of the pass. Around the year 1900, the Clark brothers, early cattlemen who homesteaded in Coyote Canyon, used this trail to transport some primitive well-drilling equipment to the site now known as Clark Well in Clark Valley. Near the top of the pass, the old Cahuilla trail squeezed between two boulders so closely spaced that the burros’ loads had to be unpacked to fit through. Today, you can still follow the obvious trace of this historic pathway.

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