Anza-Borrego Desert: Pct Grapevine Canyon to Barrel Spring

Rating *****
Length 11.7 mile (One way) - 5 hour, 30 minutes, Easy.
Elevation 3070 - 4420 feet
Access See below.

A hike along the PCT from the Grapevine Canyon up to Barrel Springs.
Past the gate, follow the sometimes faint dirt road more or less along private property.
Closer to the PCT a camping/cistern.
At the PCT turn right (north) and follow the winding PCT up to Barrel Spring.

How to get here:
The end of the hike at Barrel spring is on the S22 close to mile 1, accessible to all cars.
To the start of the hike in Grapevine Canyon, take the exit Grapevine Canyon (on the S22 close to mile 2,) a high clearance vehicle is required (4x4 preferred).
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.
You are now on private land, PERMISSION is needed in ADVANCE, see below.
Park just beyond the "Gate" that marks the start of the hike.

An alternative route starts at the Old Culp Valley road off S22.

The return trip:
The shortest way to complete the hike of course, is by car shuttle.

Go uphill along the S22 west and turn right (south) on the marked Grapevine Canyon dirt road (white sign).

By Bike:
About 1.5 mile on asphalt and 4.3 mile on the dirt road.
15 minutes to the Grapevine dirt Road.
30 minutes to point "Top" where the road goes downhill.
20 minutes to point "park".
We expect it will take 2-3 hours, hiking back to the car (point "Park").

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 SP, Cuyamaca Rancho SP, Imperial Sand Dunes (Algodones Dunes), Laguna Mountain, Warner Springs) California, Hike with gps, gpx and kml (Google Earth).

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