Inspiration Point to Angelina Spring (25 miles +4,400/-3,000 feet).
Yikes what a tough day. Hot climbs in the afternoon are the worst for me. I have to do a better job coping with them.
The day started out great as I awoke from beautiful sleep to gorgeous pre-dawn views at Inspiration Point. I packed up and made my way through the maze below, hopping canyons a couple of times just for the fun of it.
Soon I was out of the maze and on to the vast plain headed towards Borrego Spring. I climbed out of the wash with its hero tracks and headed straight towards town.
When I got to the sand dunes I found a Jeep track which made the walking a bit easier.
And then it was a road walk straight into town, where I had my first coyote siting.
After filling my water bottles at Christmas Tree Circle, I had a leisurely breakfast at Calico’s. I ate one sandwich and ordered two to go.
Well fed and hydrated, I walked out of town until I found the California Hiking and Riding Trail, which leaves near the Anza-Borrego Visitor Center but is poorly marked.
The afternoon 3,000 foot climb above Hellhole Canyon was brutal. I passed several other hikers who joked “you’re going the wrong way!”
I had a hard time enjoying it, but the views were breathtaking.
At last I reached 4,000 feet and stopped to scarf a sandwich in the shade of a boulder.
The next few miles were rolling until I dropped down into Grapevine Canyon. On the descent I thought I could save some time by heading cross country down a wash, but the last half mile of it was choked with vegetation. No time saved, but I enjoyed the challenge.
At last I made it back down to the road and kept walking until Angelina Spring. When I started to set up camp, I realized I had forgotten my stakes at Inspiration Point! Luckily, there was a site with plenty of sticks and rocks so I made due.