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San Diego County, about 9 miles west of Borrego Springs, 137 miles from Los Angeles
|Auto Club||Riverside County, San Diego County|
|Forest Service||Cleveland National Forest|
|USGS Topos||Borrego Palm Canyon 7½, Tubb Canyon 7½|
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| ||Routes as shown on
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- 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
- From the saddle, go north up brushy slopes to the summit.