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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California, United States

Ghost Mountain Trail to Yaquitepec

One of the more interesting artifacts of California's Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is Yaquitepec on Ghost Mountain

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Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 1.4 miles / 2.3 km
Duration: 1-3 hours
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Overview: One of the more interesting artifacts of California's Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is Yaquitepec on Ghost Mountain. The ruins of the South Home, where a family of writers lived in the 1930s, can be seen from the top of this short, steep trail (about 600' in 3/4mile) that begins in Blair Valley, 2.7 miles from Highway S-2.

The "South Home," actually an adobe cabin, was built by Marshal and Tanya South when they began homesteading in 1932, before the area was within the state park boundaries.

This is a rewarding hike with insteresting remains to explore and beautiful 360 views.

Tips: Watch for the Blair Valley sign (on your left) just after curve on S2 south. There are other nice short hikes in this area including the pictograph trail and the Mortero trail.
Bring plenty of water and sunscreen/hat there is no shade.

Points of Interest


Trail Head

Parking area and trail head


Old ruins of Marshal South's home. Enjoy exploring the remains of this adobe house built in the 1932. Imagine he carried all supplies up this very trail. The Souths lived here for 16 years and had three children before calling it quits and returning to the city.

View of earthquake valley



Ocotillo Cactus, green brances and red flowers when blooming
Pictures in this guide taken by: lngblnd
I went out here with my WBC class for Car Camp. We hiked up Ghost Mtn in the late evening so there was just enough light when we made it to the top to be able to look around. The water system was amazing to check out. Then hiking back down in the dark was cool as well. I will most likey be back again at some point.
Visited on Feb 02, 2013

by ruthiestauffer2013 on Feb 13, 2013

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