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Historical Hike!

To get to the trailhead for this hike, there is a long drive in a dirt road (passable for most... read more

Reviewed 29 September 2017
San Diego, California
Night Hike to the South Homestead

We did this hike in the evening during a break in a rain storm. The views were amazing. The storm... read more

Reviewed 24 June 2016
Riverside, California
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Mysterious desert mountain located in Anza Borrego State Park.
Borrego Springs, CA
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Reviewed 7 January 2018

Hard to believe a family made a go of it here for years: it's an unforgiving environment. Remains of home and water tanks are not in good repair, but you can get the idea of the structures. Easy hike up and down the mountain. Decent...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank VespagirL55
Reviewed 29 September 2017

To get to the trailhead for this hike, there is a long drive in a dirt road (passable for most passenger cars). The hike to the homestead is on a maintained trail. Compared to most hikes in Anza Borrego, it is pretty easy. It goes...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed 24 June 2016

We did this hike in the evening during a break in a rain storm. The views were amazing. The storm broke long enough for us to get some great pics as the sun was setting and we didn't get wet. I would love to see...More

Date of experience: April 2016
Thank lovz2sun
Reviewed 18 May 2016

It's a bit of a steep hike but well worth it. The plant life is very lush here and, once at the top, you've got a great view of the whole area. Knowing a little bit about the history of this location will make it...More

Date of experience: April 2016
Thank Ilene B
Reviewed 29 February 2016

Not the easiest place to get to, but worth it. It’s a long drive on a dirt road. We made a wrong term as the signs are hard to read. The hike is not that difficult and make sure you bring lots of water. The...More

Date of experience: February 2016
Thank BoilerDaveNH
Reviewed 20 July 2015

The history of this site is intriguing, about a man who moved his family here before electricity, phones or conveniences in the 1930s. It was an experiment which may have not been completely an honest endeavor. Check with ABDNHA, Anza Borrego nature programs, on Palm...More

Date of experience: July 2015
2  Thank lizzydoc
Reviewed 2 May 2015

Stopped at the Visitors Center at the State Park, watched the "Marshal South" movie and then went and hike to Ghost Mountain. An amazing story of the family who once lived on top of the mountain. A one mile hike up the the homesite is...More

Date of experience: March 2015
2  Thank bchrefuge
Reviewed 17 April 2015

This is the beautiful, storied location of Marshall South's home where he, his wife, and three children lived for many years as an experiment in primitive desert living. This is the NUMBER ONE MUST DO HIKE in all of Anza-borrego! The location is steeped in...More

Date of experience: April 2015
6  Thank WhisperWinds
Reviewed 26 December 2014

It's great to learn about the South Family and their experiment of living in the desert. There remains enough ruins to understand a bit about what their daily life was like.

Date of experience: December 2014
Thank SanDiegoPaula
Reviewed 25 November 2014

For the spontaneous visitor to Ghost Mountain and the site of Tanya and Marshal South's “great experiment” in primitive living" -- you are in for a real treat. Located in the Anza Borrego State Park on top of Ghost Mountain, this historically rich, abandoned homestead...More

Date of experience: November 2014
22  Thank Randy B
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