Anza-Borrego Desert: Cougar Canyon

Rating *****
length 3.4 Mile - 3 hour (Round trip), Moderate.
Elevation 1630 - 2100 feet
Access High clearance 4x4.

A scenic hike up Cougar Canyon.
The first stretch follows an old mining road heading up Indian Canyon.
At a sign, almost past Cougar Canyon head west.

The route depends on the amount of water, generally try to follow the creek.
There aren't many obstacles in the canyon except water and big boulders.
How fast or far you will get depends on the amount of water in the creek and the time it takes to navigate the sometimes slippery boulders.
Eventually a cascade of ever steeper falls will stop most hikers.

How to get there:

Enter coyote canyon, drive to first, second and third crossing.
This part is generally good for any high clearance car.
After third crossing the road goes uphill on a stretch called boulder alley.
Road conditions on this stretch vary from good to very bad.
Don't even think about going up boulder alley, without knowing the state of the road. Unless driving a serious off road vehicle.

Once past boulder alley the road is generally pretty good and if you make it past boulder alley this should be a breeze.
Keep left on every crossing, following Sheep / Cougar canyon.
Park at the Cougar canyon parking.

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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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