Originally Posted by kingfisher24
sitting here and just discovered that i do not have to go down the Montezuma grade to get to Borrego Springs.......I can take 78 and go through the much milder??? Yaqui Pass from CA 78 and into Borrego Springs.....Is this a good route....
That is the way we always go. 79 from Temecula. Turn on County S2 like we are going to go down Montezuma but continue down to 78 and then to Yaqui. I would not like the 78 out of Julian eastbound through Banner (Banner grade).
However you may not like the Yaqui pass. It is about 3-5 miles of curvy climb but the downhill is very consistent. This is how I, and my wife, like it.
Go to google maps and choose the Terrain option for a good view. They also have Streetview for all these routes.