Anza-Borrego Desert: Harper Canyon west fork

Rating *****
length 8.6 Mile - 4 hour, 30 minutes (Round trip), Moderate (boulders).
Elevation 1060 - 3070 feet
Access High clearance only, see below

A hike up the west fork of Harper Canyon, hiking just below Sunset Mountain.

Hike up the Harper Canyon wash, keep right (west) at the first fork, "Fork 1".
The hike is relatively easy at first, but more and more boulders appear.

At "Fork 2" the canyon is blocked by a number of dry falls
Keep right, follow the wash in this fork, for about 200 yards and hike up the left (east) bank.
It's fairly easy to cross over and get back into the main wash.

At this point more and more boulders appear, going around on the west bank is a good option.
After half an hour the canyon levels and sandy patches appear. The wash is not that distinct, aim for the saddle.
On the saddle, a couple of man made water tanks, for the dry season.

There are a couple of natural tanks in this canyon and one man made at the saddle. We frequently spot sheep in the area.

How to get here:
At HWY 78 mile 87.1 turn south.
The road may be marked as Bute Pass Rd, next to to the dirt road there is a 4x4 recommended sign.

The road is fenced off on both sides and sandy at first.
Because of the sometimes (deep) sand an AWD is recommended and at least a higher clearance car is needed.

Drive about 1.6 mile until the road ends. Turn right on Kane Springs Road and after 300 Yards turn left on the road signed Harper Canyon.

Drive as far as you can on this rough road.

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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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