Second time was actually quite the charm. My first attempt I was turned back since my family got nervous hearing the distant and frequent gunshots coming from across the border.
Beautiful day due to mild temperatures, light winds and really nice views to the west and south into ol' Mejico. Little dusty to the north and east due to the light Santa Ana conditions. Abundant game (illegal?) trails and my reliable GPS made finding the summit a snap. Made the token illegal excursion across the pathetic border fence to see Marker 231. Next task, finding the "back road" to Hot Springs Mountain. God bless Google Earth because I think I've found it!
2nd time up here. Never thought I'd be back, but since Ryan has gotten the bug, I'm happy to repeat them with him. It was a very pleasant day and we snuck into Mexico undetected as a bonus. Trip Report
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.
nice when alone.
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!