Ascent of Borrego Mountain on 2016-09-05
|Date:||Monday, September 5, 2016|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||1207 ft / 367 m|
Ascent Trip ReportThis was a nice hike, and interesting desert views at the summit. I consider this the "what it's like to hike on Mars" hike, due to the badlands-like terrain. Getting to the "trailhead" was simple by typing "The Slot" into google maps. The 2-mile gravel/dirt road from CA-78 to the Slot was easily passable by just about any car.
The hike itself was not difficult from an exertion perspective, as it is pretty short and not all that steep. FYI, not many people have uploaded GPS tracks for this mountain, so I am going to do so, if for only one reason - to demonstrate the value of having a GPS to navigate you to and from the summit. I did not initially rely on the GPS coming down the mountain, and you can see how far off I got, to the point where I opened up the Peakbagger app on my phone to check my positioning and realized, "Hey, the path is over there to the Northwest, and I'm traveling South." You can only imagine how lost I could have gotten if I hadn't checked. Anyway, I worked my way back up the mountainside, over some rocks and stuff, and eventually got back on the use trail. Finished the hike by going down into the Slot, and then walked the rim once I came back out (also reflected in the crazy GPS track). Anyway, a good hike for which I highly recommend having GPS (such as through peakbagger app on your phone).
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