Alcoholic Pass

Santa Rosa Mountains State Wilderness, California

Elevation Gain736ft
Trailhead Elevation1,560ft
Elevation Min/Max930/1572ft
Elevation Start/End1560/1560ft

Alcoholic Pass

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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Hiking California's Desert Parks (Falcon Guides)
Bill & Polly Cunningham
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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."
Afoot & Afield: San Diego County (Wilderness Press)
Jerry Schad
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"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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Trail Information

Santa Rosa Mountains State Wilderness
Nearby City
Santa Rosa Mountains State Wilderness
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
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USGS Borrego Palms Canyons and Clark Lake
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