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Viper
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11/27/2015
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Made it out to San Ysidro "East" Peak (aka Peak 5386) with my son last weekend. Pretty tough hike, with 5,000+ elevation gain in under 4.5 miles to the top. The first quarter mile or so is a trail from the Borrego Palm Canyon campground to Panoramic Overlook and then it's all cross country up the ridge to San Ysidro Mountain. The route was a gauntlet of yucca, agave, cholla, hedgehog and barrel cactus with lots of catclaw thrown in for good measure. A little ways up the geology changes from metamorphic to granitic with a distinct increase in slope due to the more resistant granite. Needless to say, it was very slow-going. But it was well worth it for the views, including deep into the South Fork of Borrego Palm Canyon. There is a summit register on Peak 5386, and it looks like it gets several visits per year. We had originally hoped to make it to San Ysidro "West" Peak as well (another 3.5 miles one-way), but once we got onto the long ridge of San Ysidro Mountain, we realized that we'd need a much earlier start for that excursion. Another great day in the desert.

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11/28/2015
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Congrats on the summit Viper and welcome to the forum. That's another area I haven't traversed (seem to say that about most of the region). Any wildlife sightings?

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Viper
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11/28/2015
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Had hoped to see some bighorn sheep but they all seemed to be hiding that day.
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11/30/2015
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Nice to see some of the lesser explored areas of the park....Thumbs Up

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ziphius
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12/1/2015
ziphius
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Roughly, how many hours round-trip?

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Viper
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12/1/2015
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Not including the extra-long break we took at the top, it was about 7.5 hours RT.
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12/1/2015
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Looks like a great view. Any pics down into the south fork?
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12/2/2015
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Unfortunately, no good pics into the South Fork. This one looks toward the South Fork (apologies if my picture-posting skills are not yet up to snuff):




Looking back toward the trailhead:




Summit register:




The "high" country:


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12/2/2015
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Viper wrote:
Unfortunately, no good pics into the South Fork. This one looks toward the South Fork (apologies if my picture-posting skills are not yet up to snuff):

Summit register:



When in doubt, pinky out....pics look..thanks for struggling thru that effort..!!


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12/2/2015
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dsefcik wrote:

When in doubt, pinky out

Keepin' it classy in the backcountry.
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