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31I

San Ysidro Mountain

6147'

San Diego County, about 9 miles west of Borrego Springs, 137 miles from Los Angeles

Maps

Auto ClubRiverside County, San Diego County
Forest ServiceCleveland National Forest
USGS ToposBorrego Palm Canyon 7½, Tubb Canyon 7½
Official HPS Maps TPO file - Save to your computer then open with National Geographic TOPO!
 Viewable JPG file - Approximately 740K
 GPX file or Google Earth KML file to download to GPS units and other map software (How to use GPX and KML files)
 Routes as shown on CalTopo using the above files (How to use CalTopo)

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 1

Distance: 10 miles round trip cross-country
Gain: 3200' total, 2600' out plus 600' on return
Time: 6-8 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, strenuous
Navigation: Difficult

Original: Alan Coles

DRIVING ROUTE 1

  • Take I-15 south to Temecula.
  • Take the second off-ramp for SR 79, signed "79 South / Indio". Turn left (east) on SR 79 for 37 miles to the town of Warner Springs.
  • Continue south of Warner Springs on SR 79 for 3.5 miles to a junction with S2 coming in from the left. Turn left onto S2.
  • Drive southeast 4.7 miles to S22. Turn left.
  • Drive east on S22 for 6.6 miles to the Anza-Borrego State Park Boundary, which is signed at the top of a rise in the road. Park on the road shoulder just past the rise at the end of the fence on the left side of the road.

HIKING ROUTE 1

  • From the parking area (4200'), head north up the ridge, parallel to the fence but eventually veering northeast, following openings through cholla and scrub brush.
  • Within a mile of the highway, the fence takes about a 1/4 mile jog to the east. When you meet this east-west fence portion, turn east around the fence corner, ending up about 1/4 mile south of a prominent formation known as Chimney Rock. Head north past this rock and the next bump on their east sides.
  • Then go north up a ridge and over bump 5326', which has a register on top ("White Benchmark").
  • Continue north from White BM through moderate to heavy brush along the east side of the Thimble.
  • Upon meeting a major gully about 0.2 mile to the northeast of the Thimble, turn west and ascend the gully to the saddle at its head.
  • From the saddle, go north up brushy slopes to the summit.

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 2

Distance: 4 miles round trip cross-country
Gain: 1500' total
Time: 2-3 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, strenuous
Navigation: Difficult

Original: Wayne Bannister, December 2012

DRIVING ROUTE 2

  • Take I-15 south to Temecula.
  • Take the second off-ramp for SR 79, signed "79 South / Indio". Turn left (east) on SR 79 for 37 miles to the town of Warner Springs.
  • Continue south of Warner Springs on SR 79 for 3.5 miles to a junction with S2 coming in from the left. Turn left onto S2.
  • Drive southeast 4.7 miles to S22. Turn left.
  • Drive east on S22 for 5.4 miles to Lease Road. Turn left.
  • Drive 1.5 miles north on Lease Road. Just past Jack Ass Road, turn right onto a dirt road.
  • Drive 0.5 mile until you reach an Anza-Borrego boundary sign. Park here. The dirt road to the right is private property.

HIKING ROUTE 2

  • From the parking area (4500'), head north up a broad canyon on a dirt road and use trail.
  • After approximately 0.7 mile, reach a steep gully. To the right of the gully is a dirt road between Prospects Peak (5685') and 5035'. Turn onto the dirt road.
  • Follow the the jeep road in a southeast direction over the saddle until you reach a flat open area.
  • The flat open area leads into gully on the west side of The Thimble. Go north in the gully on a ducked route to the peak. Stay within in the park boundaries defined by a fence.

NOTES

San Ysidro Peak lies within the Anza-Borrego State Park, but no fee is required when parking along the shoulder of paved road S22.

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