||See Area D-12: Carrizo Badlands (in the Anza Borrego Desert State Park) , in Schad's book (c '99, pp.338-339, map on p. 338) for hike details.
This hike is located in the SE part of the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. (Check the Maps page of this website for more directions and a map to print out.) We'll plan to meet there at 10:30 am and start hiking about 10:45.
The parking area for the hike is on Highway S-2, halfway between mile markers 53 and 54. This is about 11.4 miles north of Ocotillo where Highway S-2 meets Interstate 8. This area is about one mile south of the Canyon Sin Nombre/Carrizo Badlands Overlook. The large pullout on the west side is marked as Jojoba Wash. The mine road leaves to the east just across the highway.
Coyote Mountains, Mine Peak. This peak hike in southern Anza-Borrgeo offers a sweeping view from the top of a ridge overlooking the Carrizo Badlands. Past hikers may recognize this area as the peak just south of Canyon Sin Nombre, one of our hikes for several years. We will park beside the paved highway and walk about one mile on a rough dirt road. The road leads to the 1950s Elliott Dolomite Mine. Remember those really tacky white rock roofs on houses from the 1950s? This was one of the places the rock came from. From the foundations of the rock crusher site, we will begin a climb up the mountain to the peak. This peak requires a cross-country climb up a steep, rock strewn hillside. The climb is fairly simple, though, and the view from the top is certainly worth the effort. The overall distance is not that great, about 4.4 miles total, with an elevation gain of about 800 feet. Just for comparison, this hike is the same length and climb as Cuyamaca's Stonewall Peak.