Scheduled Hikes for 2002

 "Area", "Trip" and corresponding page numbers listed for each hike refer to descriptions in Jerry Schad's book "Afoot and Afield in San Diego County". It can be purchased at any major bookstore or online.

   Smuggler's Cave/Valley of the Moon/Amythest Mine

Date:   March 17, 2002  09:00 AM -  05:00 PM
Hike Group:   San Diego Trail Tramps
Info. URL:  None
Location:    Anza Borrego Desert
 Description:  We're headed to Smuggler's Cave, an old hideout of bandits and smugglers, off of I-8 East, just past the San Diego County/Imperial County line, near the Mexican Border.  We'll also hike in thru Valley of the Moon, to an abandoned amythest mine.  As usual, we'll meet in Hillcrest at 9 am to arrange carpools. The drive out to the hike area is about 90 minutes. Exit Interstate 8 at In-Ko-Pah Park Road.  It's a few miles east of Jacumba, but before the freeway drops into the desert. When you leave the freeway you turn right onto the frontage road (Old Highway 80), and drive about 500 feet to where there is an information panel on the left, with plenty of parking at a large turnout.

The road up the ridge actually parallels the highway for a short distance, making it look like a deadend powerline access is the "real" road. The hike up the ridge gains several hundred feet and can be quite steep in places.  It can get very windy and cold out there, or it could be warm. Be prepared with appropriate clothing and water. We'll plan to meet at the parking turnout area out there about 10:30, then start hiking between 10:45-11:00.  Don't forget your wallets with ID's, etc., just in case some hunky Border Patrol officers in uniform stop us along the trail.......

For those who want more info. on the area, check out Schad's book in Area D-14: Jacumba Mountains, Trip 1: Blue Angels Peak and Trip 2: Valley of the Moon. In the '98 edition, they're on pp. 350-352.