The fishhook-shaped Coyote Mountains cover about 40 percent of this austere Wilderness, a desertland of low ridges and washes capped by the forbidding Carrizo Badlands to the north. Carrizo Mountain (734 feet) and the striking Painted Gorge lie in a non-Wilderness intrusion that punches in from the eastern boundary. The entire area falls within the Yuha Desert Recreation Area, and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park lies immediately to the north. You'll find unusual sandstone formations that are estimated to be six million years old, adding a touch of scenic character to the area. On the mountain ridges, you may be privileged to see a barefoot gecko. What you won't see are any trails in this hot, dry country, though an old track leads up Painted Gorge to the edge of the Wilderness.

We enjoyed the trail a lot! Luckily we had our own personal tour guide in Bill; he's hiked the area for many years and was able to tell us a lot of the history of the surrounding areas. Definitely recommend starting in the early morning and especially during the winter months. Trail mix or some energy giving food isn't a bad idea either.

off road driving
9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Actually a pretty tough hike, add a couple miles at both ends if you have to walk in from the highway. We did and logged 12 miles by the end of the day, but we did a lot of wandering around also. It is truly beautiful in many spots.

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9 months ago

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10 months ago

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11 months ago

Trail was good but very easy to get off course. I would recommend this as a more advanced trail. The trail frequently is gone and you have to use the map to try your best to pick it back up.

Thursday, December 08, 2016

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Hiked Painted Gorge and climbed Corrizo Mountain today. 19.3 miles, over 2,300 feet of elevation gain, just over 7 hours. The gale force winds at the top made the summit a bit more exciting...although those same winds made the descent in a sandstorm less than fun. Incredible geologic formations and amazing views - check out the pics. Saw a piece of volcanic pumice the size of a small car! This hike is highly recommended!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

This trail kicked my butt. I wasn't prepared.. I'll be back tomorrow to conquer. I got side tracked quite a bit. The trail is not easy to follow. Beautiful scenery!

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Thursday, December 24, 2015

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Saturday, December 05, 2015

Great hike up to the peak of Carrizo Mt! My only problem was trying to find the actual trail. If your unfamiliar to the area it is very difficult to find the correct roads that lead to the trail that takes you to the peak. There is no signage that points you in the correct direction so do your research before, or simply ask the local 4x4 community to point you to the correct roads and trails. Essentially the road up to the peak is the same road the 4x4 community use to summit the mountain. I made the mistake of missing the trail and ended up at a dead end in the painted gorge. I had to climb up, and out and landed on the trail by luck. Once on the trail, it was a simple, relaxing hike up to the summit!

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

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Sunday, April 07, 2013