Painted Gorge-Carrizo Mountain Trail

HARD 9 reviews

Painted Gorge-Carrizo Mountain Trail is a 19.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Plaster City, California that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and off road driving and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
19.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2345 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

off road driving

views

off road driving
7 days ago

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.

hiking
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!

hiking
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!

hiking
24 days ago

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off road driving
10 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

hiking
Thursday, December 24, 2015