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San Ysidro Mountain via Panorama Overlook Trail

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

San Ysidro Mountain via Panorama Overlook Trail is a 8.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Borrego Springs, California that offers scenic views and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from October until March.

Distance: 8.1 miles Elevation Gain: 4,491 feet Route Type: Out & Back

backpacking

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nature trips

bird watching

views

over grown

rocky

scramble

off trail

no dogs

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no shade
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Sun Jun 02 2019

This trail should be CLOSED. $10 for full day parking. The first 2 miles, the trail is somewhat clear to see. The last couple miles towards the peak there was no trail at all. My buddies and I were trying to following the trail map all the way up the peak but there was no trail to find. If you do this hike you have to climb over so many obstacles because there is no trail in the last couple miles. We were lost so many times and it really it got frustrating. This hike does not go through the palm canyon. Not only that, the heat bites you in the end because there is no shade at all. In all, this hike needs maintenance. The hike has a lot of loose rocks. Don’t do this hike, it’s extremely dangerous because of the rattlesnakes and plethora of cacti.

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Mon Dec 03 2018

This was an INCREDIBLE hike AND there are a few things you should know. - Start early, it’s full exposure and can get very hot - Bring lots of water, more than you think you’ll need - There is no clear trail or path after the first mile. You’re basically blazing your own trail, this is NOT a beginner hike. It required a lot of focus and attention on where you’re stepping, constantly thinking about where you can find a path to avoid cacti, rocks etc. - There are many false summits, you’ll know when you’re really at the top

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Wed Nov 21 2018

We did about 2.5 miles up the ridge, roughly halfway to the summit. We decided to call it a day as we approached the beginning of the very steep pitch. The nice thing about this hike is that you can do as much or as little of it as you want depending on your skill level and how much risk you want to take on. I’d say the whole thing is pretty easy until you reach about 2,800 elevation, then it turns into a danger-fest! Very steep after that point and extremely thick with formidable and aggressive vegetation. It becomes straight up mountaineering. Not another soul out there on this ridge the day we went up, this isn’t a climb to do by yourself. I’d like to return some day and go all the way to the summit. In addition to water and the standard hiking gear, I’d recommend long pants and heavy duty gloves to mitigate the likelihood of getting poked and shredded by agave and cactus. Be safe up there, the view is epic.

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Tue Jan 16 2018

This hike was challenging. I did Cactus to Clouds a couple of weeks ago, and although it wasn't quite that challenging, it was still a very difficult trek. I did not greatly enjoy this hike. Once the "trail" ends, you are basically boldering and avoiding cacti the entire rest of the way. I was stopping every 10 minutes to visually navigate the austere terrain in front of me to find the safest and "clearest" route. This is not a hike I would suggest doing by yourself. It's dangerous, and because of the incline and obstacle ridden terrain, one step could lead to a significant injury, or worse, death. I never felt completely unsafe, but there were moments I felt anxiety, which didn't allow me to relax and appreciate it as much. The summit is nice, but there are challenging trails that offer similar or better views of the same thing, but without the bushwacking experience.

Sun Jun 04 2017

Dude holy bleep

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Mon May 29 2017

Just completed it today. Amazing views, worth the hike. Definitely bring tons of water, frog togs, etc. Did the hike in about 105-110 but don't regret it. Mostly worth it for the pure solitude. The odds of you coming across another person on this hike are slim to none. Just take your time and make sure you have shoes with good traction. Lots of sharp drop offs on narrow trails with uneven rock beds. If you love peace and solitude, do this hike!

Wed Feb 08 2017

Did this climb yesterday and boy was it fun. Didn't choose the greatest day for it, was sunny in Borrego and sleeting up top. Took 5 hours to go up and down, which is a lot quicker than the estimate this app said. Still plan for a whole day and come prepared though. It was cactus and agave dodging the whole way with big boulders that don't make it any easier. Easy navigation however, I was in the clouds and couldn't see more than a hundred yards and it was still a breeze.

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Sun Dec 18 2016

This may very well be the toughest hike in San Diego County. Brutal uphills, basically 90% cross country route, lots of class 3 rock scrambling, yucca and cactus to tear you up the entire time. The summit is worth the effort, and the sense of accomplishment you get from this hike is amazing. Come prepared and expect to be there most of the day. Water, poles, all good stuff.

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Sat Jan 19 2019

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Sat Apr 14 2018