We started the day early, for us, with a drive southwest to Ghost Mountain. The first part of the drive was quite nice on paved highway and county roads. My Falcon guide to "best easy day hikes in Anza-Borrego" said the trailhead was 2.3 miles from CR2. The park guide simply said it was at the end of the dirt road. The dirt road was really quite sandy and a bit rough. I am a very pessimistic worry-wart, and was afraid we would get stuck. In addition to being narrow with very soft shoulders, it was not really marked in any way, and at 2.3 miles there was nothing resembling a parking area. We turned around and tried a different route, all the while with me wanting to just turn back, get to the highway, and forget the hike.
It didn't happen. After going around the loop a second time, we found the trail-head parking lot.
The morning was wonderfully cool for the mile climb up the rocky path to the Marshal South family homesite. We saw a movie about it Friday at the visitor's center. Seems that a man and wife decided to live and raise a family in an experimental, primitive style atop Ghost Mountain. They stayed for seventeen years and had three children. Their story is here.
Anyway, the view from the top of the mountain was well worth the one mile climb up a rocky trail with a 420 foot rise. Once up there, we ate our breakfast sandwitches between two large boulders that shealtered us from the wind. As beautiful as it was, I wouldn't want to live there. Here are some of the pictures we took:
|Ruins of the Marshal South house|
|View of the Blair Valley from the top of Ghost Mountain|
As the morning progessed, more and more people arrived at the ruins of the South house, and we were glad we had made an early start. Groups of people don't disturb me very much. I figure if we get into trouble there would be someone around to help us.
|Yes, Merikay is on a trail. It was quite steep and very rough. |
We just can't imagine carrying supplies up this, but they did for
|The road from above.|
So, nothing bad happened and we made it safely back to the paved road and home to the Alfa.
Later in the day we had another adventure, and almost got in trouble, but I save that story for tomorrow, because it is almost 7:30 and we are headed out again to attend a ranger-led campfire.
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