Ascent of Travelers Peak on 1995-03-11

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Saturday, March 11, 1995
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Travelers Peak
    Elevation:2697 ft / 822 m

Ascent Trip Report

This benchmark is not named on the Fonts Point map and lies at the far right side of the map. Most all of the hike is on the Seventeen Palms map. For further information on the Calcite Mine which is the trailhead for the hike, see p. 223 of "Afoot and Afield in San Diego County", 2nd ed., by Jerry Schad.

The peak is within the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. No permits are required for day or overnight trips. If further information is needed contact the park at: P.O. Box 299, Borrego Springs, CA 92004 Phone: (619) 767-4205

The hike to Palm benchmark (Travelers Peak??) is a moderate climb along a ridge to the northwest of the Calcite Mine area. It is a great hike in the spring when the brittlebush and ocotillo along the ridge are in bloom. From Borrego Springs take route S22 east of the Christmas Circle to about milepost 38 where there is a sign on the left marking the road to the mine. This road is narrow and has some bad ruts making 4WD mandatory. If you have a suitable vehicle drive 1.9 miles to the parking area at the Calcite Mine. Start the hike from here heading NW up a slope and onto a ridge that leads to a high point at 2280 ft. Continue over the top and descend almost 100 ft. before starting up the final ridge that ends at the summit and the benchmark. The route from the mine is 2.5 miles roundtrip and takes about 1 1/2 hours to the top and 1 1/4 hours to descend. Elevation gain is 1560 ft. If you are hiking from highway S22 then the hike will be 6.3 miles round-trip with a 2100 ft. gain. 3/95 RLC
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