Anza-Borrego Desert: Pct Angelina spring to Grapevine Canyon

Rating *****
Length 8.3 mile (One way) - 4 hour, 20 minutes, Easy/Moderate.
Elevation 2620 - 3630 feet
Access See below.

A hike along the PCT from Angelina Springs further up Grapevine Canyon.
Just past Angelina Spring enter a small wash and follow it all the way up to the PCT.
There is one obstacle in the form of a dry fall, that also involves passing some scrubs.

Once on the PCT the trail is easy winding along the crest.
At a 3 way crossing marked "Water/H2O" exit the PCT.
You are now about to enter private land, PERMISSION is needed in ADVANCE, see below.
The Cistern has plenty of water, but not recommended for drinking without filtering.
The hike ends at a gate.

How to get back:
The easiest way is by bike, going all the way downhill in about 15 minutes, or by car shuttle.
Another option is hiking back along the dirt road, that would take at least an hour.

How to get here:
To the start of the hike, take the exit Grapevine Canyon (on the S22 close to mile 2,).
Along the road you will encounter posted signs even on the road, as far as we know it is allowed to drive this dirt road as long as you stay on it.
Follow the main dirt road, more or less along the power lines.

From Borrego Springs a shorter and better route is taking the Old Wilson Rd just outside the park boundary.
As the road ends turn left (South).

Another route is from the 78 into Grapevine Canyon. There is one serious obstacle close to Angelina Spring, that can only be bypasses by a good high clearance 4x4.

The most challenging route is along the Jasper trail, that is sometimes reasonably good, but often highly eroded.

On all routes a high clearance vehicle is required (4x4 preferred). The route from the 78 being the easiest, but park before the rough real high part.

Park at the the 3 way crossing at Angelina Spring.


PERMISION to enter private land is required in advance.
The land owner will probably refuse access, due to bad experiences.
But if you ask friendly and state your reason, call 760 458 0707.

An alternative access is from the S2 marked "dirt road" on the map below. Follow the drainage and at the end head up to point "here" and head for the PCT. This part is on public land.

Disclaimer: Read this first before you start your hike. Contact: info/at/borregohiking/./com (leave out the /)
Hiking the Borrego Springs Area (Anza-Borrego Desert State Park) California, Hike with gps, gpx and kml (Google Earth).

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