I hesitated to post this blog for the fear of it going viral and having the masses ruin it. We did the most amazing hike on Saturday. All the maps don’t name it and only one of our hiking books mentioned it. When we got home I googled it and a handful of people have posted something about it, so what the hell, why not post it.
It’s called Hornblend Canyon and starts at mile 26.1 on S-2. There’s a small pull out at the bottom of the hill on the east side. The canyon entrance is directly across the road on the west side. Kudos to R for scoping it out. His last few times out here (this is a guy who has probably spent 150 nights at Agua Caliente) he has been eyeing this wash. It’s different from most of the hikes we’ve done in Anza Borrego because it begins at 2,300 ft elevation. It’s at a transitional zone, so you see the typical desert flora at the beginning, but as you gain elevation you get to observe the changes in the plant community. It’s actually quite fascinating. We did 6 miles round trip and 1,000 feet elevation gain. Some scrambling was required. And look out for the Cat Claw shrub, it’ll reach out and scratch you. R was a bloody mess by the time we got back to the truck. If you kept going you’d eventually summit Granite Mountain.
This was our third trip to Agua Caliente with the Airstream. It’s without a doubt a place to visit mid week. The campground was packed to the gills over the weekend. Families with kids running around all over the place. Camping is a great thing for families to do, especially here since there is zero, zip, nada cell service at Agua Caliente. It’s like a throw back to another time when kids actually played and did things outside. It was quite refreshing to see.