Last time I was here, I hiked this Panaramic Overlook trail but was curious how difficult a full ascent of San Ysidro Mt was. I picked up that book "Afoot & Afield in San Diego County' and now here I am back armed with better hiking beta & maps and plenty of Gu. The route is pretty much straight up that ridge from the Borrego Springs campground up to the eastern peak of the San Ysidro ridgeline. Loads of cactus & rocks to dodge while ascending a 45* slope but nothing too difficult. The views were absolutely amazing the whole way up with the Borrego Valley below, Salton Sea in the distance, Borrego Canyon off to the side, and snowy San Jacinto & Santa Rosa Mt off to the north. One of the 'easiest' 4000ft climbs I've yet to do and I barely touched my water probably due to the cool temps & gently breeze. Once on the very top, the wind picked up a bit and I had to throw on more layers on and there was actually a fair amount of snow & ice above 5000ft esp on the northside. Running back down the sandy/rocky ridge was much quicker and before I knew it I was back in town grabbing a burger at the local pub. Not a bad way to finish off another amazing year of hiking!
Yea, canyoneering is an extreme sport... EXTREMELY dramatic!!! =p