The San Diego Trans-County Trail is a roughly 165-mile route from the Salton Sea to Torrey Pines Beach State Park on the Pacific Ocean. Sometimes referred to as the Sea-to-sea Trail, it traverses San Diego County from east to west, west to east depending on which you prefer. The hike also starts below sea level and must pass over the Pacific Crest Trail to reach the coast back at sea level. Although not officially complete due to land management issues, I have completed 2 thru hikes of this trail in 2016 and 2018 and have hiked a few redundant sections for fun. Click the info link to visit the San Diego Trans-County Trail Facebook page.
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The walk from Salton Sea to Borrego Springs is through beautiful open desert and wadis and washes. Depending on the time of year, this place could be heaven or hell. Usually this trail is thru hiked between December to March to avoid the hotter, drier conditions of summer and fall.
The SDTCT is not a very well blazed trail compared to even some of the shorter trails in San Diego County. To my knowledge there are only two signs like this on the trail; this one and one at the western terminus at Torrey Pines State Beach.
Along the Jasper Trail section of the SDTCT heading southwest down into Grapevine Canyon. The mountains in the back are the Lagunas and Cuyamacas where the trail crosses over the Pacific Crest Trail.
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