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“Great history!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ghost Mountain

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Owner description: Mysterious desert mountain located in Anza Borrego State Park.
Bolingbrook, Illinois
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258 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 558 helpful votes
“Great history!”
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 center before hiking Ghost Mountain.

Visited January 2013
4 Thank HemisphereRambler
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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2012

It's a bit of a trek getting up the mountain. The hike itself isn't that difficult, but it's long enough that young children or anyone with mobility restrictions will find it hard. That said, the hike is a lot of fun and the views at the top are spectacular. The real treat is the Marshal South home at the top. South and his wife and three children lived there in complete seclusion in the mid-30s to 1940s. It was not an entirely positive experience (his wife eventually divorced him), though the children seem to have positive memories. The home and outbuildings are mostly fallen down, but there are still remnants of beds, furniture, the kitchen, etc. The story of the South family is itself very interesting, so it's worth reading about them (lots of stories and a few videos on the web) before you go. It'll make the experience much more worthwhile.

Nearby is a canyon with petroglyphs. Overall, Blair Canyon (which is where you enter off the S2 to get to the base of Ghost Mountain) is a wonderful location for walking and camping.

Visited November 2011
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