‪Ghost Mountain‬

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VespagirL55
‪Bisbee‬, ‪Arizona‬618 مساهمة
زوجان • ديسمبر 2017
‪Hard to believe a family made a go of it here for years: it's an unforgiving environment. Remains of home and water tanks are not in good repair, but you can get the idea of the structures. Easy hike up and down the mountain. Decent parking at the trailhead. No trouble for a 2-wheel-drive vehicle in December of 2017, but knowing how to drive in sandy conditions is useful. Very well-marked route through Blair Valley to reach trailhead. Link this with the Pictograph trail to Smuggler's Notch and the Mortero trail for a nice day out. Bathroom available right when you turn off S2.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 6 يناير 2018
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Susie1028
سان دييجو, كاليفورنيا2,006 مساهمات
بمفردك • سبتمبر 2017
‪To get to the trailhead for this hike, there is a long drive in a dirt road (passable for most passenger cars). The hike to the homestead is on a maintained trail. Compared to most hikes in Anza Borrego, it is pretty easy. It goes without saying, bring water and hike during the cooler parts of the day. At the end of the trail, you can explore the remains of the Marshall South homestead—of man who moved his family to a very remote and hostile part of the county without the conveniences of electricity, phones, water, or food supply. If you are so inclined, you can head cross country to the peak of Ghost Mountain (no trail).‬
كُتب بتاريخ 29 سبتمبر 2017
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lovz2sun
ريفرسايد, كاليفورنيا82 مساهمة
العائلة • أبريل 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 night. Happy Hiking
Lovz2Hike‬
كُتب بتاريخ 23 يونيو 2016
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Ilene B
‪Hurricane‬, ‪Utah‬67 مساهمة
العائلة • أبريل 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 can watch at the visitor's center. Just ask and they might play it for you.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 17 مايو 2016
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David S
‪Hudson‬, ‪New Hampshire‬600 مساهمة
زوجان • فبراير 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 ruins to the top of the mountain. You’re scrambling over lots of big boulders and dodging cacti and other nasty flora. Be sure to wear proper attire, especially long pants. Trust me! The view from the top is fantastic! Oh, you'll wonder why Mrs. South took so long to divorce her husband!‬
كُتب بتاريخ 29 فبراير 2016
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lizzydoc
La Jolla, CA51 مساهمة
زوجان • يوليو 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.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 20 يوليو 2015
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bchrefuge
Imperail Beach136 مساهمة
العائلة • مارس 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!‬
كُتب بتاريخ 2 مايو 2015
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WhisperWinds
‪Homosassa Springs‬, فلوريدا41 مساهمة
زوجان • أبريل 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. This is one hike you will never forget..........don't pass it up!‬
كُتب بتاريخ 17 أبريل 2015
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SanDiegoPaula
San Diego51 مساهمة
زوجان • ديسمبر 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. ‬
كُتب بتاريخ 26 ديسمبر 2014
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Randy B
‪Vista‬, كاليفورنيا7 مساهمات
زوجان • نوفمبر 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 saying something because Anza Borrego is chock full of beautiful miracles and mysteries. The diversity of plants and animals is broad so you can get a little bit of everything up here. I've seen more critters up there than any other place in the park, save for the palm oases during summer in the park . The views from the peak, where the "ruins" of their old homestead remain are truly wondrous. And if you are willing to venture up at night (or at sunset and wait) the night sky from Ghost Mountain is better even than Blair Valley, the nearby location that Sunset Magazine has described as having the best stargazing in the Western, US.

But this review forward is really geared for deliberate explorer, the person what wants to REALLY know what happened here and isn't content with the derivative, standard history of this place and saga you get from the limited plaques and the standard quides. Ghost Moountain in general and the Marshall South Cabin in particular has a real unique ambiance.

I must confess to having just stumbled upon the trailhead and then hiking up to the mountaintop during my first visit to Anza Borrego in 1977. Back then there was just one sign with a description of the site in small parking lot and a box where you could get a small brochure that gave brief descriptions of the trail numbered points of interest on the hike up. (Since then they've added considerably to the signage.) My brother and buddy and I were taken by the beauty and what then was a pretty well preserved homestead. Since then the place has been raided by souvenir seekers and other "takers". Back then, as we explored, two things became evident. One, whomever had built this place was really smart and clever as evidenced by the incredibly intelligent design and execution of every aspect of this homestead from the water cisterns to the animal pens to the layout of the adobe house. And two, this place has a vibe ... a feeling all it's own. The three of us, a little buzzed from beer that day, became very contemplative and subdued. I've noticed this every time I've returned. This last weekend was no exception. Somehow I always end up benchmarking my life to the existence Marshal South imagined, created and then lost up here on the mountain. I can't help but think about what might have happened if I'd chased some of my crazier dreams. Over the years, as I've learned more and more about this place and the story - from interviews with Rider South, one of the South kids, to documentaries, articles and books, I've reached a point where I think I understand this place and why I end up having a very existential internal conversation every time I visit. For some of the time they spent here the Souths lived and idyllic existence. But as time went by, the love and light began to morph into darkness and ultimately, betrayal. Tanya got worried about how her kids would fare in life without more exposure to the world and a more formal education. She made a move that some might characterize as extreme to end their time up there. She had her reasons. It's not for me to judge.

Their experiment in self-sufficiency was never really successful as they had to import -- and then carry up the hill - vast loads of food and at times, water. I heard from one old-timer that after they left the adobe there was a rather large pile of empty tinned food cans found nearby. People reading Marshal's accounts of this modern day Swiss family Robinson, couldn't get enough and it seems pride became an issue for him. There's more. Here are some links to some of the better resources:

http://www.amazon.com/Marshal-South-Ghost-Mountain-Chronicles/dp/0932653669
http://www.desertusa.com/desert-people/marshal-south-2.html

There's also a short DVD called Ghost Stories ~ An Experiment In Living by John McDonald and Diana Lindsay. It's hard to find but worth the effort. It might be available online.

I consider this to be one of the most fascinating chapters in Anza Borrego history and even if you're not into the backstory, a visit to the South Cabin on Ghost Mountain is a great way to spend a few hours and given what I've experienced up there, children in particular are very taken by the opportunity to explore this space. I'd recommend visiting some other time than during the spring wildflower bloom in the desert as it can get pretty crowded up there between the visitors and well ... the ghosts.

This is primitive wilderness, there is no water, no facilities and no trash cans. The road is dirt and you'd be well-advised to have 4WD or at least a car with reasonably high clearance. Be prepared and bring water, a shovel to dig yourself out if you get stuck in soft sand and everything else you need to be self-sufficient. I believe there are occasionally guided tours here led by rangers from the State Parks and docents from one or two of the historical communities. Still, I think this is one to do by yourself, for yourself or with someone that has your back.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 24 نوفمبر 2014
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