Whale Peak

Whale Peak 5349′ Anza-Borrego Desert Total Time: 4:00 Roundtrip Mileage: 7.7 miles Elevation Gain: 2500′ Crux: Class 2 Trailhead: Petroglyphs Trail in Blair Valley Continued… Whale Peak sits in the center of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and is the high point of the Vallecito Mountains. Named for it’s likeness to the giant marine animal by ABDSP […]

Sombrero Peak

Sombrero Peak 4229′ Anza-Borrego Desert Total Time: 2:45 Roundtrip Mileage: 2.8 miles Elevation Gain: 2050′ Crux: Class 2 Trailhead: South Indian Canyon, no services Continued…. Sombrero Peak sits at the southern edge of Anza-Borrego State Park, a few miles north of the slightly less popular Jacumba Mountain. While they are similar in height and terrain, Sombrero sees […]

Jacumba Mountain

Jacumba Mountain 4512′ Anza-Borrego Desert Total Time: 3:50 Roundtrip Mileage: 5.0 miles Elevation Gain: 2600′ Crux: Class 2-3 Trailhead: Mortero Palms, no facilities Continued…. Jacumba Mountain is the southernmost summit in California on the Sierra Club’s Desert Peak Section List in the United States.  Only a few miles north of the US-Mexico border, Jacumba is at the […]

Picacho Peak

Picacho Peak 1930′ Chocolate Mountains Total Time: 4:00 Roundtrip Mileage: 6.2 miles Elevation Gain: 1700′ Crux: Class 4 with aid climbing on the return Trailhead: Little Picacho Wash Continued…. Years ago when I first learned about the Sierra Club’s Desert Peak Section list, I started browsing through trip reports, and stumbled on a write up on Picacho Peak in […]

San Jacinto 7-peak Traverse

San Jacinto 10,834′ with Cornell Peak 9,750′, Miller Peak 10,400′, Folly Peak 10,482′, Newton Drury Peak 10,177′, Jean Peak 10,674′ and Marion Mountain 10,335′ Total Time: 7.5 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 11.1 miles Elevation Gain: 4000′ Crux: Class IV (Cornell) Trailhead: Palm Springs Aerial Tramway upper station: trash, toilets, dining. $25 + $5 for parking San […]

Orocopia Mountain

Orocopia Mountain 3815′ Sonoran Desert Total Time: 3:30 Round Trip Mileage: 6.9 Elevation Gain: 2000′ (300′ on the return) Class II Trailhead: Dirt road, nothing around. Companions: Holly The Orocopia Mountains are a seldom visited range south of Joshua Tree NP in the Colorado Desert in California. A subset of the larger Sonoran Desert, the […]