This is one of our most popular annual hikes! Come join the fun.
Saturday, April 14th, we have a campout planned at the Borrego Palm Canyon Campground. We've reserved a campsite close to the trailhead, with a great view of both the Borrego Springs area and Palm Canyon with towering peaks on either side. The campsite has a picnic table beneath a shade ramada, a campfire ring, room to pitch tents, and nearby restrooms. We'll join up with other Trail Tramps hikers the following morning when they arrive from San Diego for the day hike. Come join the fun and camaraderie around the campfire, under the Milky Way! For more details, and to sign up for the campout, contact the "Cyberhiker" ASAP!!
Sunday, April 15th, we'll do our hike up into the Borrego Palm Canyon along the Nature Trail. A detailed hike description can also be found in Jerry Schad's book, "Afoot and Afield in San Diego County", Area D-2, Trip 1, pp. 239-241. It's a 3 mile roundtrip hike, with an elevation gain/loss of 450', and takes about 1 1/2 hrs to hike, plus break times and lunch. First, we'll meet at the Visitor's Center at about 11 am, and tour the facility. Check our maps for directions to the area. While there, pick up a parking permit ($6 day-use fee for developed parking) to park at the trail head. After checking out the Visitor's Center, drive over to the trailhead parking area about 1-2 miles to the north. We'll meet there around noon to start the hike.
Bring a bathing suit if you'd like to wade into the water next to the small waterfall when we get to our destination. There's no guarantee how much water will be there, since there's only been 0.70 inches of rainfall out there since last July. But, underground springs usually keep water flowing thru the area to help quench the thirst of local bighorn sheep and other wildlife. Expect families along the trail, as this is a popular destination. Don't forget sunscreen and plenty of water. It could get into the 80's-90's out there. The 10 day forcast predicts 84 degrees and sunny. Click HERE for weather details.
Click Hike Photos and check out the photo collection from one of our previous hikes there on April 13, 2003.