Desert day hike near San Diego
March 20, 2014 6:20 PM Subscribe
I have a free day in San Diego and would love to go on a desert hike. Where should I go?
posted by susanvance to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (9 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I'm in San Diego on business, and unexpectedly have a free day on my own. I've never seen a desert, so I'd love to do a hike. Where should I go? Joshua Tree was my first thought, but is a little far, so I'm also thinking of Anza Borrego. I have the entire day, can rent a car, and if there is a hostel near the location, could also stay the night nearby. I'd love to hear whether this is a good choice, and if I should be considering other places that might be closer (my absolute ideal would be to stop by a beach too, which seems unlikely if I'm doing a day trip the opposite direction).
Related complications: I did not plan for this at all so I've got a pair of sneakers and a backpack, but no other gear. I have no experience in this climate and would be hiking alone, so I'd also love to hear tips in that regard (terrible idea?). Thanks!