Sandstone Canyon via Fish Creek Wash

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Sandstone Canyon via Fish Creek Wash is a 46.7 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ocotillo, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for scenic driving and is best used from October until April.

Distance: 46.7 km Elevation Gain: 584 m Route Type: Out & Back

scenic driving

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no shade

no dogs

OHV’s are not allowed in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, all vehicles must be highway legal.

ohv/off road driving
muddy
off trail
2 months ago

great trail for beginners. not a lot of other offroaders. bring friends with offroad vehicles can get sketchy at some parts. enjoy the trail

ohv/off road driving
2 months ago

Could not complete due to large boulder blocking way. Stay safe

muddy
off trail
rocky
2 months ago

Amazing trail, at the end it gets extremely narrow and very large rocks, rubicon, 33’s made it up just fine

ohv/off road driving
washed out
3 months ago

It was a really fun run in this Fish Creek Wash to Sandstone Canyon. Got very narrow with boulders on either side but my stock Jeep Wrangler fit perfectly. We didn’t go all the way to the end though. Just walked up and wasn’t sure if my Jeep had enough clearance. There is another less popular trail called Mud Caves and Fish Creek Wash to Ocotillo Wells. This trail meets halfway into Fish Creek Wash. instead of going back to where you started, just take this alternate route. You will pass 2 fun dirt hill climb with deep ruts which is pretty easy/moderate if you have high clearance with low and pick the right footing. After that, you will find some interesting mud caves and mud bridges to explore by foot.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice. Go early morning. Make sure you have a jack and straps in case you get stuck. Otherwise it’s an easy trail.

ohv/off road driving
4 months ago

Unique view, Fish Creek wash is easy, but quite some clearance is needed to make it to the end of sandstone.

ohv/off road driving
6 months ago

Great scenic trail. We camped during the night and it was definitely busy. A lot of trucks are going fast on this trail so beware.

ohv/off road driving
6 months ago

Great trail to do early in the morning, late in the afternoon can get very busy.

ohv/off road driving
off trail
rocky
washed out
6 months ago

Great trail. Went around noon on a Friday and it wasn’t busy at all. Saw about 5 other people there. Easy enough to take a stock Jeep TJ through except for at the very end. Very scenic as well!

ohv/off road driving
muddy
8 months ago

lot of fun!!

ohv/off road driving
11 months ago

Fun Trail. Gets pretty narrow with quite a few boulders at the end. This trail does not lead to a different trail, so if you're thinking of driving out of this area on a different trail, forget about it...not in anything too wide anyway. (We used our Jeep JK)

ohv/off road driving
Sat May 11 2019

I expected this trail to be much better than what if was. The worst part is the entire trail for the most mart has been graded so the whole thing is just vibrating your entire rig the entire time. Just leave the trails alone and stop trying to groom them.

ohv/off road driving
Tue Apr 30 2019

Pretty easy trail until you get to the “gatekeeper”. Trail gets even better beyond that section as well. However, we had two Tacoma’s in our crew and both truck had a hard time leaving the gatekeeper section. This area is tight. I left with a small scrape on my front bumper. We were able to get my buddy out without a scrape by adding a little bit of rocks just below the big boulder. Make sure you have a good spotter if you decide to crawl. Otherwise, if you decide not to cross the gatekeeper section then the trail is really easy.

Sat Apr 20 2019

Great place to hike and offroad with your family.

hiking
rocky
Thu Apr 11 2019

One of the best off-roading trails I’ve ever been on. Gorgeous scenery and surprisingly little amounts of traffic. Saw about two other rigs out there in a three day span. Perfect for camping, and the skyline and stars are a sight to see. Make sure you have a capable 4x4 though because you will definitely need it. As with any desert be sure to keep a 5 gallon of water in your truck, you go through it quick out here. Will definitely be back soon! -Grizz

ohv/off road driving
rocky
Mon Apr 01 2019

Beautiful trail, there was a point that narrowed considerably and had large rocks. Our stock crosstrek couldn’t do it but the rest of the trail was great!

ohv/off road driving
Sun Mar 31 2019

Trail was very beautiful this time of year easily passable just have to watch out for rocks lots of them we camped about 3 miles in by the wind caves very quite and peaceful at the very end of the wash part of wall had collapsed little narrow to pace but other then that a lot of other trails split of from this one lots of different ways you can go.

ohv/off road driving
washed out
Sat Mar 30 2019

ohv/off road driving
Mon Mar 25 2019

Awesome trail. We’ve got wide tires so the end was tough and we couldn’t completely finish but once you’re at sandstone it was amazing.

hiking
bugs
Sun Mar 24 2019

ohv/off road driving
rocky
Sat Mar 23 2019

Great Trail! Good for first time off-roading. Only a few areas that you might need some technical navigating! Try it out! It’s beautiful and great weather right now in the spring!

ohv/off road driving
off trail
Sun Feb 17 2019

hiking
Sun Feb 17 2019

I have AWD...a Subaru Forester...is that good enough for this trek?

Sat Feb 02 2019

Awesome trail, very sandy, very scenic.

ohv/off road driving
Wed Jan 30 2019

great scenery, not challenging at all. not too fun to run Raptors . super dusty as well

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