Easy Overnight Backpack (Day 1: 3 miles, 300 feet elevation change, Day 2: Same)
Sierra Club Rating: (E3A) (more info under Pages tab)
Let’s backpack overnight to Sombrero Rim for a view into the canyon country of Anza-Borrego Desert and Sombrero Peak. Our hike is on a high plateau at 4,000-feet elevation, located north of the village of Boulevard on Old Highway 80. Camp is in a broad saddle with nearly a dozen primitive tent sites. The next morning the group can choose exploring near camp, day hiking to the top of nearby Peak 4553 or toward Sombrero Peak, or investigating a spring site shown on the map.
I explored the hike last month to check conditions. Interested hikers are invited to study maps and satellite views in preparation for pathfinding the somewhat vague route. I plan to walk just behind the pathfinding group to help guide decisions.
Trailhead Directions: The Ribbonwood Rd. off-ramp from I-8 is ten miles before I-8 plunges into the desert on its way to El Centro. The trailhead is 10 miles north of Interstate 8 (if you are a crow), reached via McCain Valley Road. This road starts with 3 miles of pavement. The remaining 12 miles is reasonably maintained unpaved county road, so low-clearance vehicles are not advised.
Sign-In and Waiver required at trailhead and is posted for review under “more” “files. We practice Leave No Trace trail principles and have a Stay Together Policy, which is available for review on the Pages tab.