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Thermal, California Map

I don't think I did the full 29 miles but I did a large portion of it. Easy wash roads, beautiful desert scenery.

We enjoyed the trail a lot! Luckily we had our own personal tour guide in Bill; he's hiked the area for many years and was able to tell us a lot of the history of the surrounding areas. Definitely recommend starting in the early morning and especially during the winter months. Trail mix or some energy giving food isn't a bad idea either.

Any 4wd can do this! Easy day!

9 months ago

Actually a pretty tough hike, add a couple miles at both ends if you have to walk in from the highway. We did and logged 12 miles by the end of the day, but we did a lot of wandering around also. It is truly beautiful in many spots.

9 months ago

Love that very easy hike, saw only one elephant tree that is very interesting to learn about this tree and how ancient used and still mexican!!

10 months ago

11 months ago

Trail was good but very easy to get off course. I would recommend this as a more advanced trail. The trail frequently is gone and you have to use the map to try your best to pick it back up.

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Saturday, December 03, 2016

A fun afternoon out and in. Unless you have the AllTrails map up and following it, it could be easy to get lost because the trail goes in tons of directions. There are lots of cool views of California and Mexico and really neat rock formations. You could even do some small amounts of bouldering on a few big rocks if you are into that. I was driving a mini van so I walked from parking area to the trail head which is an additional 0.7miles. Unless you have 4 wheel drive I don't recommend trying to drive up the the trail head.

Friday, December 02, 2016

great trail

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Thursday, October 20, 2016

This trail kicked my butt. I wasn't prepared.. I'll be back tomorrow to conquer. I got side tracked quite a bit. The trail is not easy to follow. Beautiful scenery!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Good and rugged terrain - best to have a 4x4 or at least a high clearance vehicle to get up the road from Old Highway 80. Having map and compass are a must, and Jerry Schad's description of the approach to the summit is a bit sketchy. Climbed it in November 2015, very little human presence except for a Border Patrol truck and some guys trying to get a Nissan Pathfinder up the 4x4 road.