by Johnathan Behr
THE LITTLE KNOWN, YET EASILY ACCESSED, C.H.R.T.
TRAIL IN ANZA-BORREGO IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE HIKES IN THE PARK.
If you want to break a sweat and beat the crowds who throng to
this desert oasis every winter for it's Palm Groves and dazzling
cacti flora, try this invigorating hike up the ridge that divides
Hellhole Canyon to the east and Dry Canyon to the west. Spectacular
vistas of Indian Head peak (elev.3,990ft.) and the Borrego Valley.
The trail climbs through an abundance of Ocotillo, Creosote, Barrel
Cactus, Beavertail Cactus, Brittlebrush and Teddy Bear Cholla.
If you time your hike right and Mother Nature delivers some soaking
rains in January into February, by late in the month this trail
comes alive with blooming desert flora. Go to our links page and
click on the Desert Wildflower report for the most current status
of the bloom.
The California Hikers & Riders trail is a mixed-use trail
that hikers share with equestrians. The lack of water on the trail
keeps horse travel on this trail to a bare minimum and it's steep
sections deter hikers looking for an easy trail. The hike is by
no means hard but be aware you'll be climbing most of the way
up so do it on cool winters' day. The trail is easy to follow
and well marked. Most hikers can do 2-miles in an hour, so my
suggestion is to hike up this trail for an hour or so. After you
have gained 1200ft, the views really open up, as well as, the
wildflowers! Enjoy this spot and it's majestic desert vista, then
return the way you came.
Anza-Borrego Desert Region
Guide to the State Park and Adjacent Areas of the Western
Colorado Desert With Map
Easy Day Hikes
of 20 short, easy-to-follow trails within the desert park.
IT from Amazon
IT from Amazon
great guide for hikers, off-road travelers, equestrians, mountain
bikers, photographers, and campers.