Scheduled Hikes for 2003

 "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.

   Calcite Mine/Slot Canyons Hike

Date:   February 16th, 2003  09:00 AM -  05:00 PM
Hike Group:   San Diego Trail Tramps
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Location:    Anza Borrego Desert
 Description:  Calcite Mine/Slot Canyons Hike

See Area D-4:, Trip 8, Santa Rosa Mts., in Schad's book (c '99, p.266, 277-278, map on p. 267) for hike details. ** degree of difficulty out of a possible *****. 4 miles roundtrip hike. Elevation gain/loss is about 800'.

This hike is located in the NE part of the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. (Check the Maps page of this website for more directions and maps to print out.) We'll plan to meet there at 11:30 am and start hiking about 11:45.

The parking area for the hike is on the north side of Highway S-22 (Borrego Salton Seaway), at Mile 38.0, due east/northeast of Borrego Springs. Turn off at mile 38, to your left, into the turnout parking area. The parking area out there has a readily visible call box, and is located about one-half mile west of the obvious microwave tower. (If you go past the microwave tower, you've gone too far.)

This hike takes place at the SE end of the Santa Rosa Mountains and brings us up into chaotic rock formations and thru slot canyons (slot-shaped ravines). Stopping for lunch up near Locomotive Rock, a honeycombed slab of whitish sandstone, you'll have a sweeping view of hundreds of square miles of mountains and desert. We'll explore the surface trench mines where optical-grade calcite crystals were mined for use in gunsights during WWII. Traversing single-file thru the slot canyons is always a unique experience and these are some of the best in the Anza Borrego Desert State Park!

To get a taste of what this hike is like, check out our hike photos from last year's visit to this area...