Leader: Mike Puzzo
$45 Public / $35 ABF Members
Want to go on a serious adventure in Anza-Borrego but don’t know the area well enough to go it alone? Not for the feeble-legged or the weak-hearted, Mike’s Hikes are extremely strenuous treks through difficult terrain. All participants should be very experienced hikers, accustomed to full day, 10+ mile strenuous hikes. Each person should be prepared with their own essentials- water, food, clothing… the works. Due to the difficulty of these hikes, the hike leader reserves the right to turn a participant away if deemed unprepared.
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This all-day adventure, and the last of the season's Mike's Hikes, will be strenuous, tough and, most importantly, long. We will head out toward Rattlesnake Canyon, and hop up on a ridge trail that is informally marked and often not much of a trail at all. This is considered a cross-country hike that includes some very steep sections with loose footing throughout. As is the norm with strenuous desert hikes, the views will make up for the effort. We will also get to experience the transition from desert to montane ecosystem, with the peak dotted by pinyon pines. We will be hiking around 13 miles out and back, with an elevation gain of about 5,000 feet. Be prepared for the possibility of a large temperature difference between the start of the hike and the summit.
Bring: AT LEAST 1 gallon of water, lunch, snacks, gloves, and anything you need to be prepared for a day-long, strenuous trek during the desert winter. Be sure to bring a headlamp as a precaution.
Meet: At Thimble Trail parking area (mile 31.8) on the north side of S-22, 5.6 miles east of the Pegleg Smith Monument.