Scheduled Hikes for 2007

   Painted Gorge Hike

Date:  January 21st, 2007  09:00 AM -  05:00 PM
Hike Group:  San Diego Trail Tramps
Info. URL:  Anza Borrego Desert State Park
Anza Borrego Desert, NE of Ocotillo, East side of the Coyote Mountains
Painted Gorge Hike

This hike will be out to Painted Gorge in the southern part of the Anza Borrego Desert, NE of Ocotillo on BLM land.  Our first stop will be at the Desert View Tower, just off the I-8 freeway in Jacumba. Take I-8 East, about 90 minutes from San Diego, to the In-Ko-Pah Park Road offramp. Turn left under the freeway, and right on the old highway, which ends at the tower.

The owner, Ben Shultz (one of our members), has invited all hikers to stop by the Desert View Tower anytime they’re on their way to/from Anza Borrego Desert State Park. From the top of the tower there's a stunning panoramic view of the desert which stretches below to the east and north. After our visit to the Tower, we'll carpool on down I-8 East to Ocotillo. From there, we'll take S80 East a few miles, then take the Painted Gorge turnoff on the left and head about 5 miles north on a dirt road into BLM land to Painted Gorge for our hike. On this hike we may do a loop trail and check out a mine up in the foothills. During our last hike here we spotted several bighorn sheep and some great geological formations.

Located on the eastern side of the Coyote Mountains, the Painted Gorge consists of sedimentary, metamorphic and ingenious rocks. Heat and movement over time have created fantastic shapes and colors. The many hues stem from the rock’s copper, sulfur and iron content. The upper gorge contains fossilized coral reefs and marine life, as well as “shell hash,” a mix of crushed ancient shells. Oranges, reds, purples, and mauves mixed with browns and blacks create a palette of color as the sun illuminates and plays shadows upon this geologic wonder.

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NOTE: We require each hiker to bring their own appropriate hiking gear, food, and sports drinks. Be sure to do your "carb loading" before the hike (and even the day before) by eating a good meal/healthy snack and drinking liquids, avoiding dehydration and fatigue. If you leave the hike early, please notify the hike leader directly, so there's no question that you may have gotten lost or injured along the way. Remember... Safety first and have fun!

For those interested in coming out the day before the hike on Sunday, we'll be camping somewhere near the trailhead, with the Cyberhiker's white with blue trim motorhome and extra tents. This area is not a developed campground, but rather wide open spaces in the foothills, where many ATV's, quads and motorbikers come to enjoy the 4-wheeling and park their RV's for camping. (Look for a multi colored flag or windsock to identify our group.) Contact the for more details if interested in joining the campout.