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Address: Borrego Springs, CA

Mysterious desert mountain located in Anza Borrego State Park.

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Night Hike to the South Homestead

We did this hike in the evening during a break in a rain storm. The views were amazing. The storm broke long enough for us to get some great pics as the sun was setting and we... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 June 2016
Riverside, California
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Riverside, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2016

We did this hike in the evening during a break in a rain storm. The views were amazing. The storm broke long enough for us to get some great pics as the sun was setting and we didn't get wet. I would love to see this during the day but I am happy that I got to see this at... More 

Thank lovz2sun
Victorville, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

It's a bit of a steep hike but well worth it. The plant life is very lush here and, once at the top, you've got a great view of the whole area. Knowing a little bit about the history of this location will make it more fun and interesting. There's a movie about the people who lived here that you... More 

Thank Ilene B
Hudson, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 February 2016

Not the easiest place to get to, but worth it. It’s a long drive on a dirt road. We made a wrong term as the signs are hard to read. The hike is not that difficult and make sure you bring lots of water. The ruins are not at the top of the mountain. There is no trail from the... More 

Thank BoilerDaveNH
La Jolla, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2015

The history of this site is intriguing, about a man who moved his family here before electricity, phones or conveniences in the 1930s. It was an experiment which may have not been completely an honest endeavor. Check with ABDNHA, Anza Borrego nature programs, on Palm Canyon Drive in center.

1 Thank lizzydoc
Imperail Beach
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2015

Stopped at the Visitors Center at the State Park, watched the "Marshal South" movie and then went and hike to Ghost Mountain. An amazing story of the family who once lived on top of the mountain. A one mile hike up the the homesite is worth it!

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North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2015

This is the beautiful, storied location of Marshall South's home where he, his wife, and three children lived for many years as an experiment in primitive desert living. This is the NUMBER ONE MUST DO HIKE in all of Anza-borrego! The location is steeped in history..........Mr. South chronicled his family's life here and is available in a wonderfully written book.... More 

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San Diego
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2014

It's great to learn about the South Family and their experiment of living in the desert. There remains enough ruins to understand a bit about what their daily life was like.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2014

For the spontaneous visitor to Ghost Mountain and the site of Tanya and Marshal South's “great experiment” in primitive living" -- you are in for a real treat. Located in the Anza Borrego State Park on top of Ghost Mountain, this historically rich, abandoned homestead is one of the prettiest, most remarkable places I've visited in the Park. And that's... More 

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Washington, DC
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2014

The hike to the Marshall South homestead - or what is left of it - is a relatively easy hike with a couple of spots where the elevation change made you stop and catch you breath for eastern coast folks like me. The trail is is very good shape so no worries about that. As you hike along the trails,... More 

3 Thank athena381
Bolingbrook, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2013

The hike is short and offers a chance to see a variety of desert plants. Once near the top, the views kick in. I can see why Marshal South put his homestead here. Remains of the house are in shambles so visit while there is still something to see. Also, check out the movie about Marshal South at the visitor's... More 

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