Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Alcoholic Pass hike

We headed to the Anza-Borrego desert below the snowy peak of Mount Laguna on Sunday to hike to Alcoholic Pass (D on the map below) at the mouth of Coyote Canyon just north of the town of Borrego Springs (C).

The switchback trail took us through a steep grove of ocotillos, the lanky desert plants that turn from brown sticks to lush flowering bushes this time of the year during the winter rainy season.

At the top of the trail we signed a visitor's log tucked inside a wooden box and found this rock pile marking the spot where hikers can look down both sides of the ridge.

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