Borrego Sprngs, CA
We’ve been enjoying ourselves in the past week here in the beautiful “Springs at Borrego RV Resort” just relaxing and playing some golf. The park was completely filled over the holiday weekend with children on bikes and skateboards all around us. But now the families have returned home and the park is almost empty (just the way we like it!). During the past week we did manage to get out for a couple of Jeep drives and hikes.
For one hike we went back to a trail that we hiked on a visit here two years ago, the West Butte Borrego Mountain Trail and The Slot. To reach the trailhead we drove south on Borrego Springs Road for about ten miles to Rte. 78. Turning south on Rte. 78 we drove about two miles and turned left on Buttes Pass (a dirt road) heading north up the Borrego Mountain Wash for another two miles to the trailhead. At the trailhead you have a choice of hiking trails. If you don’t want to go very far but want to experience a beautiful slot canyon, you can just drop down into a wash and go into The Slot (about a half mile in length) and back. We wanted to make a loop by hiking east from the parking area on a trail leading up into the Borrego Mountain area. The trail then loops back around and drops steeply into Borrego Mountain Wash and ends by going through the slot for a five mile hike.
After enjoying lunch on top of West Butte we headed back on the trail as it ran along a long, narrow ridge heading down toward the wash.
At the bottom of the ridge we had to navigate down a steep embankment as we dropped down into the wash.
Once in the wash we hiked up a Jeep road for about a mile before entering the slot.
Today we invited Dave and Sue to join us on a trip to one of our favorite spots in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Ghost Mountain, for a visit to the remains of the Marshal South House.
A one mile long steep trail from the southern edge of Blair Valley leads up to the site on a flat mesa just below the top of the mountain. The skeletal remains of the house, known as Yaquitepec, still stand — a rusted bed frame, the base of a large adobe oven, the frame for an arched doorway, and many cement and barrel cisterns that once caught the seasonal rainfall, the only water available other than what was hauled up the trail. Here is where poet, author, and artist Marshal South and his family lived from 1932 to 1947, pursuing a primitive and natural lifestyle that became well known through South’s monthly columns written for Desert Magazine. Abandoned for 68 years, the desert is slowly reclaiming the mesa as the structures deteriorate.
We only have a few more days left in our stay here so we need to pack some more hiking and golfing into our plans. Then it’s off we go to Arizona.