16-Apr-00 Borrego Desert
Cougar Canyon is located in the Borrego Desert about 50
miles east of San Diego. The canyon is 12 miles north-west of
Borrego Springs as the crow flies. For complete instructions on how
to get there, consult the Maps page. You will
find a complete set of road, jeep trail and hiking maps (topographic
and elevation profile) there.
Our day hike crew set out from San Diego about 7AM on an
April Sunday. The drive out takes about 2.5 hrs and, depending on
route chosen, goes from urban coastal environs at sea level, over 5,000 ft
pine forested mountain roads, finally descending to the Borrego Desert
floor, leveling off at 1,500 ft. While the road out is very scenic,
Cougar Canyon decidedly more so.