5 Hikes for 50 Years: Anza-Borrego Adventure

Explore California's largest state park while completing a quintet of desert-amazing rambles.

Anza Borrego Foundation

A BIG 50TH: If you already celebrated your first half century in grand style, your friends and loved ones likely asked you what you wanted to do for the important day. Perhaps you suggested cake, or a special gift, but chances are some sort of participatory experience was near the top of your list, the sort of life-enhancing outing that connects you with a memory-making day. The Anza-Borrego Foundation is marking its 50th anniversary, and just because it is a nature-minded outfit, and not an individual human being, doesn't mean it doesn't want to go the celebratory happening route. It is doing just that, and it is inviting all aficionados of arid and amazing places to join in with an intriguing challenge: 5 Hikes for 50 Years. The "intriguing" part (and, to be honest, the "challenge" part) comes from the fact that the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park happens to be...

"CALIFORNIA'S LARGEST STATE PARK": And the foundation has shared a quintet of hikes that ramble through the expanse, from the "popular and well-signed Borrego Palm Canyon Nature Trail" to "lesser-visited hikes in more remote areas of the Park, such as Mountain Palm Springs." If you're a desert devotee, and the notion of completing five hikes in celebration of a big anniversary appeals, but you wouldn't dream of taking them on all at once, breath a sigh: You have through June 1, 2017 to complete the challenge. A certificate and ABF sticker shall be yours when you finish, but you'll need to let the foundation know, either via some social media hashtaggery and a selfie or an email with photos of you and your pals enjoying the various hikes. You'll want to read/know all before accepting the 5 Hikes for 50 Years challenge, but know this: Wintertime is dream time in the Anza-Borrego, and spreading out some sunshiny strolls through the more temperate months is quite the balm to everyday life. Details? Tie on your boots and trek over here.

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