Font's Point Route
ElevationAscent: 925' 282 m
Descent: -925' -282 m
High: 1,258' 384 m
Low: 660' 201 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 18% (10°)
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“Sweeping vistas of desert badlands and a narrow winding wash.”— Matthew Kidd
Once you reach the large east-west running Short Wash, you can simply follow it west for a shorter loop. But it is more interesting to follow Short Wash east until you just about reach the north-south running Palo Verde Wash briefly to catch the narrower wash running northwest at the midsection of the loop, 5.2 miles into the loop. This wash contains the collapsed mud bridge mentioned in one of the two Robin Halford Hiking Anza Borrego Desert books at 33.28248387, -116.19429673. The wash narrows to a slot canyon and ascends, emptying out near a dirt road that meets S22 at 33.302683, -116.197970, just over a mile away, making it a good alternative starting point for this loop run.
From this northernmost point, strike across the desert 3.6 miles to finish the loop. The exact route doesn't matter much but stay east of the short but steep cliffs that end at 33.277350, -116.213760. South of these cliffs, it is easiest to follow the wash southwest and south as shown.
The recommended season is November to April when the desert is cooler.
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Land Manager: California State Parks - Anza-Borrego Desert State Park