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.

If you love nature don't go there! We were supposed to do a backpacking trip in the area for 2 days. Unfortunately, as soon as we arrived we had to cancel the trip due to the heavy shooting. You have the noise of shooting guns and heavy firearms everywhere and between 2 shoots you will hear the dirt bikes. On top of that, as soon as you hit the trail it is covered of paper toilets and human poop...

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28 days ago

Ehhhh it was okay, kind of what you would expect from the desert. As the other reviews say, the trail is very hard to follow. We took our dog, and he enjoyed it. He was spooked by al the folks out shooting though. We likely won’t go back. There are a lot of better hikes in the area with better views.

Great scenery, but it is extremely difficult to locate the trail sometimes. Many people have created false trails and it is easy to get turned around.

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1 month ago

Started our hike at 7:30am in early January to beat the heat. It started off about 59 degrees and got to about 75 degrees by noon. The weather was perfect this time of year. There was a nice cool breeze but the sun was intense. Bring lots of sunscreen and a hat. The views were amazing! We hiked off trail a bit and took a harder route in the hopes of seeing goats. Great workout! Glad I had 3 liters of water. We did a lot of rock scrambling and climbing through some awesome slots along the way. We also saw a lot of fossils. Before we headed back on the loop we saw some interesting wind caves. Some were pretty small. But we still climbed through them. We stopped in a larger cave and had lunch. When looking out from this peak, you could see the badlands. Truly enjoyed this hike but if I wasn't there with someone who knew the area, I would've gotten lost. The trails are not well marked.

These are some great trails for off-roading and hiking. They are challenging and beautiful. However, this place is a haven for ATVs, dirt bikes and especially guns. Like basically a giant free-for-all shooting range. The gunfire and whining motorcycle noise echo throughout the canyons. Not a peaceful place at all. I have no problem with guns, just not when I’m enjoying nature. I grew up visiting painted gorge with my dad. He camped there as a kid. Riding tote goats and admiring what was a jewel of nature. It’s fully “broken-in” now. If you want a quiet hike or to tent camp, head west a few miles to Anza Borrego.

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3 months ago

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.

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11 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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Sunday, January 08, 2017

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.

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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!

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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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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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