|McCain Valley is home to many large boulders|
Quoting the BLM website:
McCain Valley lies within the Peninsular Mountain ranges of eastern San Diego County. The valley is characterized by chaparral hills dotted with granitic boulders. Large oak trees provide shady hideaways at two campgrounds off McCain Valley Road. East of the valley, in several steep canyons, oasis of native fan palms are found. These islands of vegetation provide habitat for many desert species, including a population of Peninsular bighorn sheep.
This trip Scott and I hiked out to Sombrero Peak from the Cottonwood campgrounds. It was about 10 miles total and was an easy sandy trail most of the way. The weather was perfect, maybe low 80's and partly cloudy most of the day, we had shade most of the day. We did not see anyone the entire weekend, we had the valley to ourselves.
|Our hike on Google Earth|
|This guy was crossing the road, we let him go first|
You can see more pics here
|This is the Sombrero Peak sign at the base of the peak|
|Looking out over Borrego from Sombrero Peak|
|Baby deer we found on the way back near peak 4453|