There is still much more I have to explore along this trail but the Pepperwood Trail winds through an amazing area of land in the McCain Valley. I happened to take two sets of photos on different days near the end of a very wet spring and winter which offered a large array of plant life and flowers for the area. The contrast between the Laguna Mountains to the west and Colorado Desert to the east is stunning and I really need to stop being lazy and take this trail all the way down Canebrake Canyon. I started off near the Cottonwood Campground which is a very fine year-round campground with vault toilets and firepits. The Pepperwood Trail is easily accessible from McCain Valley Road and is a short drive from I-8. I will traverse more of this fine trail soon but for now, enjoy the photos!
Cottonwood Campground location:
My starting location, on the northern edge of the above photo:
BLM campground information and BLM Routes of Travel for Eastern San Diego County Map (PDF)
2 thoughts on “Pepperwood Trail”
Nice pictures! Did you take the cloudy mountain pictures when we were there, or on another trip?
That was from a previous hike during a cold evening in March. I’m glad that you liked them!