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January Member Hike- Hornblend Canyon

Join us for a hike in Hornblende Canyon led by Board Member & retired District Superintendent of the Colorado Desert District, Dave Van Cleve! The canyon is named after the dominant rock found here, hornblende-biotite tonalite, an intrusive igneous rock consisting of feldspar, quartz, mica and/or amphibole minerals (like hornblende). We will hike to a mine site where we might find tailings from the gold or tourmaline prospectors. The 2-mile out & back hike is rated moderate because of dry waterfalls that require a bit of rock scrambling.

About Dave Van Cleve: Dave enjoyed a 31-year career with California State Parks, including assignments as a ranger, park ecologist, Superintendent of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, and District Superintendent of the Colorado Desert District. He joined the Foundation’s Board in 1989. He has long believed that one of the key roles of ABF is to ensure that its land conservation work plays a vital role in sustaining biodiversity, ecological complexity, and climate change adaptability. He enjoys bicycling, hiking, upright bass, singing, and building wooden toys for my grandchildren.

Date: Tuesday, January 9, 2024
Time: 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Stats: 2.5 miles out & back, 400 feet elevation gain, rated moderate (some rock scrambling involved)

You must be an ABF Member and pre-register to attend this hike. Not a member? Join Here

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Meet at:
ABF State Park Store
587 Palm Canyon Drive, Suite 110
(in The Mall next to Calico’s)
Borrego Springs, CA 92004

Sturdy Hiking Shoes
Hiking Poles Recommended
Sun Protection
Plenty of Water

Trail Map:

If you have any questions, please email Jaime at [email protected]. Hikes may be cancelled due to unsafe weather or road conditions with 24-hour notice.

The event is finished.


Jan 09 2024


8:30 am - 12:00 pm

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park


Anza-Borrego Foundation
[email protected]
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