Date: January 14, 2017
Distance: 2.6 miles
After grabbing a burrito in Borrego Springs, we headed to the Borrego Palm Canyon Nature Trail. We paid our $ 10-day use fee and pulled into the parking lot for the trail. Mark had never visited the Palm grove at the end of the trail, so I knew this was going to be another treat.
This is one of the most popular hikes in all of Anza-Borrego, so it follows a well-worn and marked trail. You can grab a pamphlet that will describe the various markers along the way. Since it was January, water was still flowing from out of the canyon, quite a treat to have to cross a running stream in the desert.
After about 1.5 miles, we reached the grove. Mark did have to be back in town, so we did not spend too long exploring. After the fire in 2020, it was nice to have seen them in their full glory. On the way back from the grove, we opted to take the alternate trail back, in part for fewer hikers and to see more of the park. Once back at the trailhead we headed home. Two of the five completed!
I am an avid peak bagger, sometimes backpacker, and former sea-kayaker living in San Diego. In 2019, I became the third person to complete the San Diego 100 Peak Challenge. Not stopping with that accomplishment, I set my sights on the harder San Diego Sierra Club 100 Peak list, which I completed in 2021. In addition, I have conquered several Six-Pack of Peaks challenges (SoCal, San Diego, and Arizona-Winter). Beyond attempting the San Diego Sierra Club 100 Peak list a second time, I am looking forward to exploring new summits and new adventures across the southwest.