Indianhead

 

Stars Difficulty: 7.5
Terrain: Hard
Bushwhacking: Hard
Off Trail: Yes
Miles: 7
Elevation Gain: 3500
Date: 1/??/11
People: Dad

 

Indianhead is a 4000 foot peak visible from most of Borrego Valley in Anza-Borrego. This is a XC hike with lots of rock climbing and stream crossings. I started at the Borrego Springs parking lot at 7:00 a.m. and hiked 1.5 miles to the palm grove. Beyond this spot is the best part of the canyon, and not many people know about it. Hiking beyond the palm grove is very slow-going due to rock climbing, bushwhacking and steam crossings. At 9:30 a.m., and 1 mile after the palm grove, I turned out of the canyon and started going up a prominent ridge. Hiking up this ridge involved the most difficult rock climbing, scrambling and cactus dodging of the entire hike. At 1:00 p.m., after 3.5 miles total, I reached the peak. I felt relieved and thrilled to be finally on the summit. This was my hardest hike at the time, but I was only 9. In the north were high snowy peaks that I now know are the San Jacinto and Santa Rosa Mountains, which I would climb later, along with the Salton Sea in the east.

On the way back down, I just retraced my steps back to the car, arriving at 6:00 p.m for a total of 7 miles. There were many tough Class 3 rock climbing situations after the palm grove, so you should be prepared for slow hiking, but you should definitely explore beyond the palm grove and try to get to this peak.