Bow Willow Bumps
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park • California
December 29, 2014



Beth and I camp at the Bow Willow Campground in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in Southern California about once a year, usually around Christmas and her birthday. It's a beautiful place and we enjoy going back very much. The campground sits at the base of a rocky ridge of the Tierra Blanca Mountains. On our visit in December 2014, I decided I wanted to explore the hills and ridges immediately above camp.

I picked what looked like an easy starting point and just started up the rocks. I had no plan, other than to hike a general loop and re-emerge at the other end of the campground. From below, these hills look like true hilltops, but in reality they are just ridge points. At best these hills may have 50 feet of prominence.

The terrain is very rocky. I carefully walked around and over the rocks, using hands often. I altered my route to find better lines to follow. Finally, I was above camp directly, at which time I decided to descend back. I had been hiking for about 90 minutes, and I felt I had got what I was looking for.

Beth asked me to find a bong she and a friend left behind up there back around 1990 or so. I looked, but it's like trying to find a needle in a haystack, or more accurately, a bong in a rockpile. I did not find it.

Later that afternoon, we watched as two military helicopters flew low and did big circles, apparently a training exercise. They buzzed camp for the better part of an hour.

Photos (Click to enlarge)

The hills as viewed from behind our camp. That's our blue tent.

I climbed a small hill above camp for this image.

The hills as seen from the main road. I hiked all but the big one in back.

A zoom image.

The rocky nature of the terrain.

More rocks and slopes.

A view looking east.

Descending back to camp.

A military helicopter and the moon.

Two helicopters!

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(c) 2015 Scott Surgent. If you see an old bong up there, it's my wife's.