Anza-Borrego Desert: Culp Valley - Bubbling Spring - Wilson Trail

Rating *****
Length 8.5 mile (return) - 4 Hour, 45 minutes (return trip). Moderate.
Elevation 2960 - 4460 feet
Access On the Montezuma, close to mile: 10.5 Just after the road becomes a 2/3 way road, in the bend. Take the dirt road left (West) signed "(old) Culp Valley". Park as soon as you find a spot to park.

Start hiking South, towards a gap in the hill in front of you.
Next hike South/West up the wide wash.
The wash narrows and is filled with some boulders, not too much effort to go around them.

At the first fork, turn more South on a wash that has the most of the boulders.
It's way better than it looks, boulders in the area are filled with sand.
Avoid any rocky wash and go higher up.

We've never seen any water in the bubbling spring.

Keep on going South following some faint washes, eventually you end up at the Wilson trail, but make sure not to miss it.
Follow the Wilson trail East.

As the trail/road dips into a wash, turn North in a sandy wash.
This part of the hike is steeper and filled with more boulders, avoid the boulder parts by going out of the wash.

Head North/West towards the car, avoid ending up in the steeper canyon towards Middle spring.

The results of the 2012 fire are still visible, it's hard to avoid the black branches.

The download contains a slightly shorter alternative route (A1).

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Hiking the Borrego Springs Area (Anza-Borrego Desert SP, Cuyamaca Rancho SP, Imperial Sand Dunes (Algodones Dunes), Jacumba, Laguna Mountain, Warner Springs) California, Hike with gps, gpx and kml (Google Earth).

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