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Sheep Canyon Trail is a 10.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ranchita, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from November until October.

Length 10.6 mi Elevation gain 915 ft Route type Out & Back

Backpacking

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

No dogs

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Javier Arredondo
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BackpackingOff trailRockyScramble

Tough trail route not for beginners. be prepared for plenty of scrapes and choyas. Well worth the view from where we stopped to camp. when coming down the mountain, make sure to stay on the side of the mountain we scaled. the other side proved very challenging according to the friend who decided to take that way. Plenty of areas to slip and be fearful. Again, NOT for beginners.

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Elizabeth Cameron
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Hiking

This was an absolutely gorgeous area of the park and we were fortunate to see it for the superbloom, but it is NOT ideal as a backpacking trail. The trail is actually a single-lane dirt road accessible to vehicles all the way to Sheep Canyon, very popular. It was a particularly busy weekend anyway, so this "hike" was really spent dodging Jeeps every few minutes. It's easy walking, though.

Kurt Smith
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Hiking

Fantastic camping once you're away from vehicle access points - plan for as much sand as rock if you take the trail rather than the roads. A great walk in from the Coyote Creek crossing. I've found plenty of water every time I've made it into the canyon. While I haven't seen a cougar there, I've had the hair-raising scream come from what seemed like just beyond the light of the fire (winter), sending everyone scurrying to their tents for a 'good' night's sleep...

Daniel Buhler
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Hiking

Hiked up to the "eye" last year, beautiful Oasis at the top, I would classify the canyon hike as difficult, there's no well marked trail once you start up the canyon, you have to find the easiest path, we used webbing to help each other scramble over/up rocks. Water is super cold up there.

Dave Levinter
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Hiking

Hiked the Sheep Canyon Trail (Anza-Borrego) last March with my son's Boy Scout Troop. It was his first hike after joining the troop and he was looking forward to it. It took 4-wheel drive vehicles to get to the trailhead. Once there we loaded up and headed up the initial, rocky hillside trail. I was told it was to be about 4+ miles to our destination. It was a fun day of hiking on the very open, sandy trails with our fully loaded packs. A few stops along the way to rest and take care of blisters (glad I brought some moleskin) before getting to where we would setup camp. A shorter hike from there led us to a creek where we were able to filter water to refill our packs before settling in for dinner and a night out under the stars. Fun time had by all. It was an OK trail, but not high on my list to get back to.

Rae Nester
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Hiking

Most amazing Oasis at the end of this hike. Backpacked in and camped at Sheep Canyon. Day hiked both Canyons then hiked back out. Amazing! Can't believe you're in the desert once you get there!

Noah Baldwin
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GREAT MID LEVEL 4x4 ADVENTURE TRAIL!! I have been coming out here for years. A great place for a beginning / intermediate 4x4 adventure. If you have a stock 4x4, pull your stock rocker panel steps or expect them to get a few dings. Other than this, most 4x4's can make the climb with a little driving skill. Noah

Kevin Shannon
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Kevin Shannon
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blake kunkel
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Brian Reitz
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Tal Ben-Shahar
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OHV/Off Road Driving
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Erin Gillette
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Horseback riding
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Zack Fischmann
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Hiking
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John Graham
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666K9USMC User
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Gordon Alexander
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Backpacking
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Kay G.
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Hiking
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Kurt Smith
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Hiking