San Diego Highway S2 + ADD NEW ROUTE
23 in California California65 Miles Miles
By Spanky B
on February 1, 2005
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Start your route in Warner Springs, CA which is about 60 miles northeast of San Diego. From Warner Springs, head southwest on hwy 79 and then get on San Diego S2 (San Felipe Rd) heading south. You'll cross hwy 78 and continue on S2 heading south and into the Anza-Borrego Desert Park finally ending up in the town of Ocotillo and at Interstate 8. I encourage you to turn right around (after gassing up) and doing it again in the other direction as you will be amazed at the difference in panoramic views.
You will have a fantastic panoramic view of the Laguna and Volcan Mountains. Desert shrubbery, with awesome blossoms in springtime. Part of the route follows the Old Butterfield Stage Route which can be easily accessed. Old stagecoach wheel tracks still survive after almost 150 years. The pink desert hues of the Borrego Badlands can also be seen from an overlook along the highway.
The road is normally kept in great condition. There are some long straight stretches intermingled with many great, fun twisties. You will need to watch a few of the sweepers, however, as the road is still built in its original desert roadbed and remain flat throughout some of the turns with little to no bank angle
Not many roadside amenities, pick up gas before you go. There are a couple of gas stations in Ocotillo at S2 and Interstate 8. A couple of campgrounds along the way with meager mini-marts and NO gas. The Lazy Lizard bar is a real gem of a desert pub in Ocotillo. At the other end of S2 in San Felipe, several miles before Warner Springs, The Log Cabin has great food and cold beer but has no normal operating days and hours. Well worth a stop when they are open. Be forewarned that it is VERY HOT in the summer through Autumn. Take lots of drinking water with you always.
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