Spring Walkabout at Anza Borrego State Park
• What we’ll do
Multiple dayhikes and tourist walks of varying levels of difficulty. Please join as many or few hikes as you like. Cross posted w CHAT: https://www.meetup.com/Conscious-Hikers-and-Thinkers/events/268163747/ No dogs allowed – state park.
• What to bring
Good hiking footwear, 2+ liters of water/hike and a rain jacket in your pack, sun protection, snacks, extra calories to burn, Enough of the ten essentials (https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/ten-essentials.html) in your pack to survive the night wherever you happen to land.
• A magical place
ANZA-BORREGO Desert State Park is the largest state park in California, covering nearly a thousand square miles with badlands, narrow canyons, palm tree oases, millions of wildflowers, sandy washes, and snow capped peaks. The name Anza-Borrego comes from Borrego, the Spanish word for Bighorn Sheep and Anza, the last name of Juan Bautista de Anza, the Spanish explorer who led the first non-native expedition in this desert in 1774. The park is known for spectacular wildflower displays (https://borregowildflowers.com/) that typically peak between mid March and mid April, and which only last a few weeks. The timing of the peak display is highly dependent on the spring
weather so cannot be easily predicted.
• Cost/Where to stay
Day use fees may be charged at the more popular parking spots: $5 to $10 pl,us lodging if you choose to stay. At one point, Palm Canyon Hotel offered a deal at https://www.travelzoo.com/hotel-booking/hotel/10055/palm-canyon-hotel–rv-resort/?=&pageId=aa8d2ebc-52fd-40d0-b8cc-227910696e87 or check hotels.com. There are also free primitive campsites that are first come first serve as well as paid sites. For reservations, call 800-444-7275, visit https://www.desertusa.com/anza_borrego/du_abp_camp.html or http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=638 or https://www.desertusa.com/borrego/bs-art.html#ixzz6Bd7aptyy. Park tel # is 760-767-5311.
Sunrise/sunset: 6:31/7:12. Moon: waxing and rises before 6.
Ave highs: mid 70s to mid 80s. Ave lows: mid 50s. Prepare for sun, heat, cold, rain, bedazzlement.
• The Plan
Hikes Sunday when the park is likely to be very crowded if flowers are still blooming and Monday when the crowds diminish as all the good worker bees buzz back to their gray corporate flower patches. We shall adjust based on conditions, flowers, weather. Please join as many or few of these hikes as you like.
9-12: Hellhole Canyon to Maidenhair Falls, 5 mile loop with 1k gain, some walking on sand, boulder scrambling. Bring two liters of water and a snack for the oasis at the top (seasonal waterfall may be on or off). See https://www.yelp.com/biz/hellhole-canyon-borrego-springs?osq=hikes or https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/maidenhair-falls-via-hellhole-canyon-trail
Sunday 3-7: a few short (1-2 mile) tourist hikes from this list: https://borregohiking.com/hiking/borrego_springs_along_the_s22.html depending on where the flowers are (bring two liters of water, snacks, sun protection), followed by a nice sunset hike: Alcoholic Pass to Desert Gardens (2 mile hike with bench at top for sunset happy hour). Bring wine, cheese, snacks, happy hour stuff.
9-11: Sky Art Sculptures (https://www.desertusa.com/borrego/bs-art.html#ixzz6Bd7aptyy), Visitor Center and 3-mile Palm Canyon hike: https://www.annestravels.net/borego-palm-canyon-nature-trail/ if it is open (currently closed) or a nearby hike if it is still closed.
12-3: Slot Canyon hike (may be reached with any car but you must keep speed above 20mph and avoid sandy sides to avoid getting stuck): https://www.yelp.com/biz/slot-canyon-borrego-springs?osq=hikes.
5-7: short hikes in the area or sunset hike with happy hour like yesterday.
• Important to know
STANDARD DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY:
By joining on this trip, you agree to assume all risks of this trip and hikes, and that no one at Meetup including the organizer is responsible for your safety. http://www.meetup.com/terms
Trail statistics are approximate. For safety purposes always assume they are underestimated. But don’t be disappointed if they are overestimated. Bring more water and snacks than you think you’ll need.
Trail descriptions are based on previous hikes. Current conditions are unknown until arrival. Expect the unexpected and plan accordingly.
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