Special Sat New Year in Anza Borrego: Explore Pumpkin Patch, Badlands-Fonts Point and hike Calcite Mine.
GENERAL RATING/DIFFICULTY: Level 2: moderate, pace, distance, elevation and exploratory. Click RATING TABLE (http://files.meetup.com/1554500/RATING%20TABLE.pdf) to learn more about hike levels.
Tentative Options day hike:
1. Calcite Mine (https://www.hikespeak.com/trails/calcite-mine-trail-anza-borrego-desert/)
To get to the trailhead: From Christmas Circle in Borrego Springs, drive east for 4.3 miles on Palm Canyon Dive. The road bends north, becoming Pegleg Road. After 2.4 miles, the road turns east onto Borrego Salton Seaway (Route S22). Drive another 12.4 miles to the trailhead. A large turnout is on the north side of the road near mile marker 38. Calcite Mine Trail begins 0.2 miles to the east (marker 38.2). Directly across from the trailhead is a smaller turnout on the south side of the road near emergency call box 382. Park in either spot, and walk to the display panel at the start of Calcite Mine Road, which describes the history of Calcite Mine.
Trailhead address: Borrego Salton Seaway & Calcite Road, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs, CA 92004
Trailhead coordinates:[masked], [masked] (33° 16′ 52.05″N 116° 05′ 46.93″W)
2. Ocotillo Wells SVRA and Pumpkin Patch http://www.desertusa.com/ovr/du_orvpupkin.html
Pole Line Road is the easiest way to get to the Pumpkin Patch
3. Fonts Point (Badlands) https://thatadventurelife.com/2020/02/06/fonts-point-anza-borrego-state-park-ca/
You should be able to use the coordinates above to get you to the destination. It is not difficult to find if you pay attention to the small sign. From Borrego Springs, starting at the Christmas circle, you can follow Palm Canyon Road (S-22) going east (away from the Visitor Center). Palm Canyon turns into Borrego Salton Seaway (S-22). At 10.3 miles, turn right (south) onto the dirt road. There is a sign there that says “Fonts Point – 4 miles.” The sign is not that big so keep your eyes peeled. If you are coming from Highway 86 (east), the turnoff is 17 miles on Highway 22.
Once you turn onto the dirt road, it is a 4 miles drive that travels up Font Point Wash to the parking area. This road is full of stretches of soft sand and washboard and sometimes mud. Therefore, you NEED 4WD or high clearance vehicles.
WHAT TO BRING AND WEAR: water, snacks, food for breakfasts and lunches on the trails. Wear layers clothes, hiking shoes, hiking poles and 10 Hiking Essentials (http://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/messages/boards/thread/9535234)
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