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Fonts Point

Page Type: Trail

Location: California, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 33.25706°N / 116.18042°W

County: San Diego County

Technical Difficulty: Easy

Aerobic Difficulty: Easy

Layout: Out & Back

Elevation Gain: 800 ft / 244 m

Length: 4.9 Mi / 7.9 Km

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Page By: Cedar

Created/Edited: Nov 14, 2007 / Nov 14, 2007

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Fonts Point is a small uplift of rock in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.
A 4 mile long dirt road leads up the north side of the mass to the summit. Note that the road may be slightly sandy in place and is often driven by motorists so beware!

In summer, heat is an extreme danger as often, it can get over 120 degree Fahrenheit. Always bring water as there is none found in the area (until you get to Borrego Springs). Winter is better for biking as temps may be better for biking.

Trail Description

The trail is slightly sandy along the sides but should be bikable. It begins ot flat. The road slowly begins climbing with a barely noticable incline. Eventually, it ends with a loop and a parking lot where you may o may not find some vehicles parked at.

Above the lot is a very steep trail. It is not possible to bike up this one though it may make a fun ride down.

The main road is very wide and can be confusing as to which actually leads to the top. I got lost myself on the first time. Always ride on the most used section to besure it doesn't happen to you.

Getting There

Font s Point
Fonts Point from the summit.
Although the road appears to be in the middle of nowhere, it really isn't far from civilization. To the east are the Imperial Valley towns. It would be about an hour from there. On the west is San Diego. San Diego is farther but is still a possible logistical center.

From Salton City

Salton City is a small village on CA-86 south of Palm Desert and west of the Salton Sea. Upon my last visit, they were building some new homes which were for sale in the area.

Start off west on S-2. In a number of miles, this highway enters Anza-Borrego State Park. Begin watching for a sign for Fonts Point on the opposite side of the road. Drive in onto the road and find a wide spot and park.

Just begin biking up the road from there.

From Escondido

Escondido is a suburban city of over 200,000 people. It is located just north of San Diego on the I-15.

Begin east on CA-78 past the wild animal park. Continue on the highway past Ramona and into Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (there's a prominent sign to the right of the road).

Inside the park at an intersection just past Yaqui Well, turn left for Borrego Springs. This road should end inside the town. Turn right (east) for the Salton Sea area as the road re-enters the park (Borrego Springs is actually not part of the state park). Watch for a sign to the right of the road for Fonts Point.

When to Bike

As mentioned previously, summer is unthinkably hot. Unless you are one of those extreme condition outdoor bikers, this is the worst possible time to bike.

Winter on the other hand, is much cooler. However, during this period, the road experiences much more vehicular traffic. It would be normal in winter to pass by 3 or even up to 5 vehicles on the way up.

Spring is wildflower season. Despite much more visitors to the park, traffic to the point is actually less than in winter. This is also the time for the best scenery at the top.

Fall is just that. Because of the lack of trees, there really are not much autumn colors. Temperatures though, are very like that of spring. Note that often during this time, smoke may fill the air as it does almost every year from the So. Cal. wildfires.


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