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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is the largest state park in California. Five hundred miles of dirt roads, 12 wilderness areas and many miles of hiking trails provide visitors with an unparalleled opportunity to experience the wonders of the California Desert. The park is named for Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza and the Spanish word borrego, or bighorn sheep. The park features varied desert terrain and habitats, wildflowers, palm groves, cacti and sweeping vistas. Visitors may also have the chance to see roadrunners, golden eagles, kit foxes, mule deer and bighorn sheep as well as iguanas, chuckwallas and the red diamond rattlesnake. Listening devices for the hearing impaired are available in the visitor center. Many visitors approach from the east via Highways S22, S2, or 78. Visitors from San Diego and other points west arrive via Highways 79 and 78 can have the added pleasure of driving through the mountainous Cuyamaca Rancho State Park--quite a different experience from Anza-Borrego. The highways from the west climb to 2,400 feet or so and then descend about 2,000 feet to the valley. Where the highway breaks out of the high-country vegetation, it reveals the great bowl of the Anza-Borrego desert. The valley spreads below, and there are mountains all around. The Santa Rosa Mountains on the north side of this basin are notably grand. The surrounding mountains are wilderness, with no paved roads in or out or through. They have the only all-year-flowing watercourse in the park. They are the home of the peninsular bighorn sheep, often called desert bighorn. Few park visitors ever see them; the sheep wary in their defense against predators. A patient few observers each year see and count them, to learn how this endangered species is coping with human encroachment.

Get it while you can. Crew working on tracks said within 2-3 weeks everything will be off limits due to explosives, rebuilding and ultimately tracks put back to use. Well worth the trek.

Nice variation in terrain from start to finish. Gradual uphill incline that gets progressively more interesting as you get closer and closer to the falls. Definitely easy to moderate in cool to warm conditions. It was 79° and breezy on the day we did it. I could see this being a difficult trek on a 100+° day, pack your water and dress accordingly. Some good traction boots and a sense of navigation helps on this one, as you negotiate your way through the various palm groves. Trailhead is easily accessed, no dirt or gravel roads to deal with. Highly recommend if you’re in the area and looking for something scenic, lengthy, not super difficult, and memorable.

Trickle of water at The falls. Had a beautiful cooler weekend in late May to be able to hike this. If you like boulder hopping this was moderate opportunity for you at the high end.

20 hours ago

05/26/2018, enjoyed the hike on a very cold day! After 4.9 miles of off-road to get to the Trailhead, you start on the north side of the PCT. Ducks are positioned to make it up the slippery Bucksnort Mt to Combs Peak! Thrilled to sign the Peak Log and locate all 3 Geological Benchmarks! Rallied up 6.02 RT miles and 1,666 ft. elevation gains. Lastly, met a few first PCT hikers to attempt the entire journey!

Closed. Who has a key to one of the 5 locks?

off road driving
7 days ago

Did this trail in a stock JL Sahara no issues, definitely don’t suggest doing in anything bigger then a wrangler as there was a few spots where it was a squeeze.

Great road, good starter trail for those looking to try out offroad driving. We camped as well, which was very windy but a great time. Fantastic view of the night sky. Also, the wind caves are a short hike off of the main wash. Overall, highly recommend taking a trip out this way.

Had a great time here. Fun offroad driving, difficult at times, but beautiful scenery. We camped off of the trail, which was very nice. We will absolutely be back again once the weather gets cooler.

off road driving
14 days ago

Took the FJ Cruiser with the family. Easy and lots of fun. Very tranquil sites to see. Can be done with 2wd but don’t stop in the sand.

14 days ago

If your in the area you must stop and see the slot. It’s so amazing. Easy to get to from the 78. No 4wd needed.

off road driving
14 days ago

Took the family in the FJ Cruiser and had no problem taking this trail on. Would recommend if you do decide to cross the rock slide area then have at least 4wd and a lift. Very spiritual and very tranquil.

off road driving
14 days ago

Amazing views once you’re at the top. Easy trail for even 2wd and even saw a Prius C drive up at some point. Only had to engage 4Hi to back into a soft sand spot to set up our tent along the drive up. Overall great experience but make sure you’re prepped with shade, water and a portable restroom of sorts if you plan on spending the night along the trail somewhere.

on Cactus Loop Trail

16 days ago

Great first Off Road Adventure in our new Tacoma!

pretty awesome hike. start point is next the a water tower. I super highly recommend to drive a truck or SUV to this start point. you'll be driving off a road onto a dirt bumpy pathway for about 1.5 miles. parking is free.

you'll go through about 4 tunnels, 2 train cars on the side of the mountain. that's about it. kind of not as exciting from and four to 5 mini trestle bridges the other start point (which I haven't tried yet). the trestle bridge itself is amazing! if youre a daredevil, you can climb through the beams under the track and get some killer photos.

bring lots of water and snacks cause 14 or so miles round trip is not easy.

off road driving
19 days ago

Incredible views if you get out of the car and climb up some of these rock mounds. Things are super unstable so be careful. As for the off-roading- I wanted to test my new Subaru and it took a beating. I could get everywhere a Jeep could until I encountered a narrow passage that would have certainly dented the exterior but that was many miles deep. Go out there, be far from humanity, get naked, yell from the hill tops, have fun

Such a fun trek! Long, but well worth the activity along the way. Bring lots of water.

off road driving
20 days ago

Great off road trail to have some fun. There is one point where the trail gets narrow and my LX470 barley fit without scraping the sliders. I wouldn't try this trail with anything wider than a Land Cruiser. I run a 2.5 inch lift and didn't have any problems. Here is a video of one of the side trails. https://youtu.be/uYjpzd3OtK0

Perfect weather today to hike up to the falls in Palm Trees.

awesome hike but take lots of water. There is not a lot of shade on the trail. Perfect for groups and family's.

off road driving
22 days ago

Some of the best views I've seen offroading. Easy trip but I recommend goin in the winter. We went during the summer months and it was 104 degrees. The rock slide is easy in a jeep .

off road driving
28 days ago

What a great trail for off roading! The drive from ocotillo is long and on a desolate road. Once you get on the trail it cover all sorts of terrain including, sand, rocks, on hill climbs.
The trial is not very technical, I would rate it a 3 out of 10.
I did this in a Jeep Wrangler and it was a fun trip.

Great walk and not too crowded. The common trailhead is inside De Anza Spring Resort ($5/person) but there are 3-4 free roadside spots on the north side of the I-8 on the dirt road. Don't park by the gas station and subway, that's 2mi away on a boring dirt road with trucks flying down it. That's an extra 4 (boring) miles you'd have to do.
The hike itself has ZERO elevation, the spikes you see are for goal trails on the side of the tunnels, don't take them and instead enjoy the shade of the tunnels. Do the hike to the bridge quickly then take photos of everything when coming back.
Hike in: 2hrs // Hike out: 3hrs (photos and slower pace)
It's a cake walk, we didn't even drink any water until we had lunch at the bridge.

off road driving
28 days ago

love this trail i have a 2013 jeep jk
on 35" with 4.5" rubicon lift
the squeeze is the only spot that can cause some damage if you dont take the right line
heart attack hill is great its a steep descent with some deep holes and loose top cover go slow and recomend 4L it will drop u into Fish Creek

Flat hike. Heard there was some big horn sheep here but we didn’t see any. Made it with my 3 year old. No shade.

1 month ago

the slot trail was easy and down a dirt road so passing in a car is impossible, there is another dirt road path that starts on the other side of the slots. We encountered a few other groups in the slots but only 2 once out of them. the slots themselves are fun for the family and windcaves can be found about half a mile past that.

This trail is beast.

Advice: lots of water; I went through 4L on trail. Shoes with grippy tread and gloves for boulder hopping. Long pants or your legs will look like you've walked through barbed wire. Do not attempt if your cardio is weak or you get lost easily.

The payoff is completely amaze-balls. I highly recommend it.

off road driving
1 month ago

Amazing view of the badlands at sunset! A guitarist playing and singing Eagle’s at the scene is definitely a bonus! Easy off road that you can’t get lost. No problem for first-time off roader with a Subaru’s outback!

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