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Camping and Hiking in Baja Mexico (with a half-way stop at Saddleback Butte SP)

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  • 7 Minas Campo Turístico

    Kilómetro 18 a la Bufadora 22790 Ensenada, Ensenada, Baja California (map)

    31.716745 -116.569832

  • Let's catch up with warmth, desert camping at Saddleback Butte SP and El Salto Canyon hiking in Mexico ! 

    Suggested itinerary:

    1st day, Wed afternoon: Leave the bay area and drive by I-5 to Saddleback Butte State Park at 17150 E Ave Lancaster,[masked] E Ave J
 Lancaster, CA 93535 (approx. 5 hour drive from the South Bay), camp overnight (with optional evening hike, 2mi in and out, to the Butte summit, 3651ft elevation.) 

    2nd day Thur: Hike Dowen Nature trail (6mi loop) starting earlier in the morning, leave in the afternoon and head towards Mexico, get to campground: 7 Minas (Granadas, 22840 Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, approx. 4 hour drive from Saddleback Butte camp), and settle for the night.

    3rd day Fri: Hike to El Salto Canyon and Waterfalls. Optional: move to a beach campground (for, example, Playa Saldamando at approx 25-min drive from 7 Minas) if no much wind, and otherwise the weather permits..

    4th day, Sat: Beach hikes (TBC.)  Optional: visit Ensenada  for dinner.

    5th day, Sun – drive back home. 

    Information about the locations: 

    Saddleback Butte State Park Campground:
    *First come first serve
    *$20 (cash) for a campsite with a max 8 people. Each campsite can easily fit 4 tents and, as it's said, still has a little bit of wiggle room. One car included, extra car $5/night, the whole cost to be divided by all the participants.
    *Each campsite comes with both a standard size shade ramada and picnic table.
    *Ground is rough. Make sure to have sturdy tent stakes and some hammer.
    *There are a few up-to-date clean restroom stalls (sinks & toilets). No showers.
    *This place can be chilling at night and scorching by the late morning. (It is the desert)

    What's special about the place: *Night sky is gorgeous. There are plenty of shooting stars to go around. *Joshua Trees galore! 

    More info on the Park:

    7 Minas Campground (at Granadas, 22840 Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico):  
    *6USD per night
    *Temp range in Feb : 

    What's special about it:
    El Salto Canyon and Waterfalls (approx. 45 min drive):
    *Hiking uphill and across flat rocks with stunning vistas, streams, lagoons, and sandy inland beaches.
    *It's only about an hour's drive from Ensenada, mostly on the paved free road (highway), only the last little bit is on a dirt road in decent condition.

    Optional camping at the beach (if the weather permits):
    Playa Saldamando Campground (Escenica Tijuana-Ensenada km.94, Ensenada, BC, Mexico). More info:

    You have to be a US citizen or a green card holder to enter Mexico without visa.

    Questions? Contact me at [masked], Vita 

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