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The Domelands Trail is a 11.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Ocotillo, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from November until April. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 11.2 mi Elevation gain 1,551 ft Route type Loop

Dog friendly

Hiking

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

Washed out

No shade

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Waypoints (6)

The route shown on this page includes the dirt road leading from Imperial Highway to the trailhead. If you have a 4WD vehicle with ground clearance, you can drive all the way to the trailhead, thus lessening the miles you'll be hiking.

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Reviews (123)
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Recordings (116)
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Lourdes Enriquez
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HikingNo shadeOff trailRockyScramble

Amazing hike!!! Beautiful views the entire trail. I must say this hike is hard at this time of the season because of the weather. It’s EXTREMELY hot and if you’re not prepared with lots of water and electrolytes you will get heat exhaustion since there’s no shade. We did not have any trouble finding the trailhead like other reviews say. There is a sign of a walrus and you can drive about 2 miles in and park. A 4x4 is ideal to drive to the trailhead but my Toyota Corolla did great :) Also it is tough to navigate I would suggest downloading your map before you go and you have to constantly be looking at your map to make sure your on trail. There is little stacks of rocks throughout the hike indicating the right way. We added a couple of stacks today. We did not see any snakes out today. We did see bighorn sheep and lots of lizards and birds. Have fun! Follow my IG: lulu_and_nature

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Thomas Lepick
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HikingNo shade

Trail is medium to hike, but hard to navigate. Would not have been able to complete it without using the downloaded maps. In my opinion, the trail should be done backwards (counter-clockwise). If done clockwise, you’ll see most of the interesting stuff during the 1st half and have no shade for the second half which is all slightly uphill in a sandy dry riverbed.

Renata Engel
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarThu May 21 2020
HikingNo shadeRockyScramble

Great trail with fabulous views at the end. Rocky in spots, no shade, and NOT FOR DOGS!!!! The trail is not well marked, so using the map might be an asset. Road to trailhead is navigable with a stock 4x4 but a car might have trouble.

Paul McCain
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Hiking

Hot hot hot

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Marina Delp
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HikingNo shadeOff trailWashed out
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Devin Morgan
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HikingNo shade

Amazing views on this hike, and lots of other things to explore off the main trail. Recommend starting this hike early, at like sunrise, as it will take about 4 hours to complete and it’s getting extremely hot. Recommend downloading the gps for this as the path isn’t clearly defined all the way. Also, bring plenty of water, at least 2.5L per person. The lack of shade and strenuous situations you might get into will necessitate it. Plenty of scrambling opportunities, not your casual hike in the city. Do not bring dogs! Too hot for them, no shade, and too many obstacles for them to get over

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Paul McCain
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMon Apr 20 2020
HikingNo shadeOff trailRocky

The "trail" was hard to see at times, but this was a very rewarding hike. Must have AllTrails map, sunscreen even if you're tan, and bring 3L of water.

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Denise Milbauer
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HikingNo shadeRockyScrambleWashed out

Let me start out by saying that I had the hardest time finding the trailhead! Like what some of the other reviews say, AllTrails and googlemaps is WRONG. I am writing this to hopefully help other people going out there for their first time not make the same mistakes I did. Where AllTrails tells you to turn right, don't. Drive another mile or two and the turn off will be on your right. You will see the billboard with a picture of a walrus standing in water with the title saying "Coyote Mountains Wilderness". You definitely need a high clearance vehicle to drive an additional two miles to the trailhead. Once you get there, you need to veer to the right up over a little hill, you will see the trail roped off with an old rusted sign shot all to hell. Nowhere does it say The Domelands Trail. I have a Mazda 3, so I parked by the road and walked up with my two northern breed mix dogs. By the time I finally found the trailhead, they had heat exhaustion, even with enough water, so I had to turn around and come back. Unfortunately, I waited too long in the season to go with them. It was 85 degrees today, fine for me, but not for them. I will definitely be going back late in the fall to attempt it again. I am only giving this trail three stars because I wasn't able to actually hike it. It was really nice out there though. Better luck next time.

John Ryder
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSat Apr 18 2020
HikingNo shadeRocky

Hiked this on a Saturday, this trail has some awesome views. COVID-19 has not affected the trailhead of this hike! You can drive up to the trailhead and there were a number of vehicles at the trailhead, some camping, a lot shooting, only saw a handful of other hikers. Trail is only moderate in a few sections, mostly a semi-easy uphill through some dry creek beds. There is a good climb at mile 2 and then it levels off then drops down. You get some really neat rock formations and caves, look around for fossils of ancient maritime creatures, we saw shells and sand dollar fossils. Great views of the vast desert. At mile 4 on our GPS there was a really cool slot canyon, wasn't really long but it was the highlight of the hike. After the slot canyon the trail was harder to follow, STRONGLY recommend having a map downloaded and check it frequently, we twice found ourselves headed the wrong way. We missed a turn somewhere and had to navigate down a significant hill of loose rock to get back on track. The last few miles were through another dry creek bed and then at mile 7 it climbed again back out of the gully, trail was hard to follow again. We finished with 9.3 miles using the All-Trails recorder and 1407' elevation gain, took us five hours including a lunch rest stop. Good news is that the foliage here is not a factor, some cacti but mostly off trail. The sun however is a constant factor, very few opportunities for shade. This is a desert hike, so WATER, water, water; have a map; have snacks - I wouldn't go alone, it isn't that heavy travelled of a trail so if you have an injury you might be by yourself, We had cell reception for about half the hike but you never know. Overall, very scenic, cool slot canyon, and some neat rock formations + fossils!!

Jessica Wei
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMon Apr 13 2020

Beautiful! I would be still lost if not for alltrail pro app! Pro app or gps and phone charger required! This is more of an adventure than a hike. Totally worth it!

Abe G.
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HikingMuddyRockyScrambleWashed out

Heads up, this hike can be very strenuous in perfect conditions. For those that enjoy long, challenging hikes and properly prepare for them is a must. A good working gps and phone solar chargers are a must. You will need them for most of the trail. You will loose the trail several times. Dont follow all trails gps directions to take you to trail head. It will not. It will take you to the entrance of a mine in at the base of the coyote mountains in Ocotillo. Once you get off highway 8 at Ocotillo, youll end up on the S2 Imperial highway. Take that through the town in a nortwest direction . You will pass a small community park on your right and maybe 4-5 miles down the road, you will see the trailhead sign in your right. If you blink, you will miss it. There is a dirt road that will take you to the base of the mountain and the begining of the hike. Most high clearance vehicles can handle this dirt road. There’s limited parking at the top. The begining of this hike looks like crap, but once you clear the first couple of miles, youll see whats in store for you. While dogs are allow on leash, I would not recommend you take them, unless the are extremely fit, agile and can climb rocks. The same goes for children. There are areas, especially going in and and out of a cave that you cannot avoid or go around and requires some scrambling. You may have to carry them. If there is rain in the forecast, which is rare for this area, because is a desert , do not do this hike. You will be hiking for miles on cayons and areas that if flooded, could be extremely life threatening. Impossible to climb out. Pay close attention to the dates this hike is recommended. I would imagine it would not be much fun in hot conditions or even mild conditions. The top of the mountain will provide you the most panoramic views you ever seen. The mountains were under water at some point and you will see many shells, look carefully. Again, this is a very rewarding, long, long hike. You will loose the trail many times. Give it 7.5 to 9 miles 7 hours plus. Come out before dark. Have Fun!!!!

Marcelo Rodriguez
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSun Apr 05 2020
HikingOff trailScramble

I loved this Trail but some of the trail marking very not easily visible. Some part of the trails were washed off which made it hard to stay on trail. Beautiful views and the caves we amazing! would do again!

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paul PugliesiConti
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HikingFloodedRockyWashed out

This is an amazing hike,views on Borrego desert is wonderful, the slot is most beautiful I visited so far and wind caves are waouh!!! On top you will see a lot of marin fossils: shells, sea urchins, ... GPS is mandatory even if 80% of the trial is visible... the 20% are enough to get lost. This hike is long 5-6hours, so if you use your phone as GPS take car to have enough battery...

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