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March 2, 2013 (Jacumba) – The Jacumba Hikers will host three upcoming hikes into some of the most unique destinations in our region on February 16, March 2, and March 16--including sites where you can view Native American pictographs, spectacular scenery, and a 200-foot-high railway trestle. 

Destinations include Indian Hill and Gun Powder Shack,  Carrizo Gorge, and Mortero Palms/Goat Canyon.  Scroll down for details.

2/16/13 - Indian Hill & Gun Powder Shack – Westward from Ocotillo up Hwy. S-2 you will be hiking across a broad alluvial plain dotted with cacti and small shrubs through rocky hills of desert-varnished granite boulders to a small promontory called Indian Hill. Indian Hill is considered one of the most significant aboriginal sites in the Colorado Desert with rock caves, morteros and Indian pictographs. Next we come upon an old railroad camp ruins where you will find walls of an old shed constructed of mortar and blasting-powder cans. This is a moderate level (2)* hike that is approx. 4 mi. round trip.

3/2/13 - Indian Hill/Gun Powder Shack/Corrizo Gorge – Repeating the above hike with the addition of Corrizo Gorge. The great gash of Carrizo Gorge is the most spectacular of the north-south canyons dividing Jacumba Mountains and In-Ko-Pah Mountains. This hike is still rated moderate level (2)* adding 2 mi. to make the hike a 6 mi. round trip.

3/16/13 - Mortero Palms/Goat Canyon – Taking S-2 from Ocotillo you will be hiking up the canyon to Mortero Palms (see 1/5/13 hike above). From there you will be tackling the rugged and difficult stretch of canyon to Goat Canyon where you will be able to view the 200 ft. high railroad trestle over Goat Canyon. Difficulty level (3)* experienced hikers only.

Hikers will meet at the Imperial Valley Desert Museum: 11 W. Frontage Rd., Ocotillo, CA 92259 at 8 AM on day of scheduled hike and will be able to tour the museum from 8 – 9 AM. We will carpool and leave museum at 9 AM. Hiking tips: bring lots of water, lunch, snacks, dress in layers, sun block, hat, hiking boots and a respect for nature.

* Easy - Mostly flat hiking using a trail or path. Suitable for every member of the family

** Moderate – Suitable for all physically fit people

*** Hard – Long length, substantial elevation gain, and/or difficult terrain. Suitable for experienced hikers only


Jacumba Hikers is an informal hiking group and assumes no responsibility or liability for harm or injury during hikes; hikers do so at their own risk. For more information about the hikes you may contact Hike Leader – Bill Pape (619) 766-4927. If interested in leading a hike and to be included on the schedule contact Greg Curran (619) 459-3037 gregcurran@sbcglobal.net.

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