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The Domelands – Wind Caves

Days:  2 Days Rating: (Easy/Moderate) Milage: 12+ Elevation Gain/lost: +1655’/-1670″  Max Elevation :1200′ Min Elevation: 540′ Location: Anza Borrego (Domeland – Wind Caves) Trail Head: 32.80498, -116.07434 Type: Loop GPS: (road) 32.77906, -116.09002 Google Map: GPX File Not only does this hike take in the Wind Caves, but it also offers outstanding views of …

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Calcite Mines/Slots Anza Borrego Car Camp

Days:  2 Days Rating: (Easy/Moderate) Milage: 6+ Elevation Gain/lost: +1100’/-1121″  Max Elevation :1200′ Min Elevation: 540′ Location: Anza Borrego (Calcite Mines) Trail Head: 33.281081, -116.096349 Type: Loop Topo/Map Google Map: GPX File Download Description: Begin from the parking area on the north side of S22 at mile marker 34 where a truck trail descends sharply into …

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Mecca Hills “Ladder Canyon Hike

Days:  1 Days Rating: (Moderate) Milage: 5+ Elevation Gain/lost:+1057’/-534″ Location: Horseshoe Meadow Trail Head: 33.623980, -115.996377 Type: Loop GPX File Download Located about an hour southeast of Palm Springs, this is hands down one of the most unique California “hikes” you’ll ever go on, largely because it’s a LADDER hike through a …

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WIND CAVES – CARRIZO (Anza Borrego Desert)

Days:  2 Days Rating: (Moderate/Strenuous) Milage: 10+ Elevation Gain/lost:+4550’/-2400″ Location: Anza Borrego Desert (Domelands Trailhead) Trail Head:32.779491, -116.089426 Type: Loop Google Maps GPX File Download There are several places in Anza-Borrego State Park where exposed sandstone layering has been slowly eroded by the wind to create odd and whimsical-shaped formations. Near Split Mountain, there are …

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