Hiked it in 1999 and again in 2005. Beautiful granite rockpiles, but beware being so close to the border. Had no trouble both times... but we saw stash after stash of water bottles, shoes, clothing, cans, etc. We tagged the Mexican border post for the amusement aspect.
Route Climbed: Smuggler's Cove Road/bushwhack Date Climbed: April 27th, 2005
Had to bag this one since it's the high point of Imperial County and was surprised by the beauty of the area. Record rainfall this past winter has resulted in a profusion of green and flowers everywhere. What an unusual sight in this otherwise brown and sere desert.
I briefly became an illegal alien as I crossed into Mexico to get a photo of the peak from that side and also to climb the higher of the several summits in the area.
We have no border security! Nothing but a barbed wire fence with gaping holes every few hundred feet!