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No. 38 Collins Peak (4,593') California

This guide is based on a Sage article by Ron Jones.

Topo Map: Collins Valley 7½, Bucksnort Mtn 7½, Hot Springs Mtn 7½, and Borrego Palm Canyon 7½
Coordinates: unknown
Trip Stats: unknown


Proceeded up Collins Valley in northern Anza Borrego State Park. Several miles in on the good dirt road (but can be loose sand in dry weather) you encounter a 10 foot deep-sand embankment down to where the road first crosses Coyote Wash. 2WD vehicles should park here. 4WD vehicles can continue on in, past three stream crossings, there ware several steep sections of threatening 4WD road, complete with rocks, ruts and tight turns, to the trailhead at the Sheep Canyon Campground.


Follow the marked use trail north to Salvador Canyon and about one mile to the first grove of Palms at about 2100 feet. There is evidence of use by Indians at this waterhole. Turn south here and leave Salvador Canyon following the nearby trailless ridge line and directly to the summit of Collins at feet.


I found the peak to be a nice climb, perhaps similar to Indianhead but without the people and nature trail on the early part of that hike. There were excellent views from the summit. Square Top at the head of Sheep Canyon is a striking peak. Palms and Elder "towered" below us a thousand feet. The register has been signed by many climbers including Wes Shelberg and Paul.

February 9, 2012>
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