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Wind Caves Trail

MODERATE 43 reviews

Wind Caves Trail is a 0.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Borrego Springs, California that features a cave and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is best used from October until March.

Distance: 0.9 miles Elevation Gain: 259 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

walking

cave

views

rocky

no dogs

From San Diego take I8 east to S2 north to Hwy 78 east. At Ocotillo Wells take Split Mountain road to the entrance to Fish Creek wash. Follow the wash to the trail head.

hiking
3 months ago

Moderately steep, loose rocks, extra water. Definitely worth the view!!!

off road driving
rocky
4 months ago

almost any car can make it just be carefull when driving. took a stock jeep no problem. the sign for the wind caves is kind of small. it feels alot shorter then a mile hike and the caves are fun to explore you can go into some of them and take fun pictures.

off road driving
no shade
4 months ago

Came here during Memorial weekend. Was not busy at all. Although we did take our 4Runner. We saw very few smaller/sedans that drove up to the Wind Cave areas. We missed the sign the first time around. And had to go back. There IS a sign. And entrance is a steep hill. It is right ACROSS from a big FLAT sandy/parking lot area. So if you are driving in, the entrance/sign should be on your left - with the sandy/parking open space to your right. It is a 'steeper' hike for about 1 mile. Once we got there, it was very breezy. There is NO shade. So bring a hat. And coming down - there are loose rocks - so be careful! There is shade once you get to the Wind Caves. You can climb or go into the holes and take a rest. Very nice views!

hiking
bugs
no shade
rocky
scramble
6 months ago

Just got back from a camping trip and this was our first spot. Great view and very windy at the top. Cool caves and nooks. We camped across the trail path. There are bats at night so be careful.

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
6 months ago

Cool caves up a rocky hill dirt road 4 miles to trail head

6 months ago

nice little hike, great location and views, loved the wash to it

8 months ago

great hike. not that difficult. kids loved it.

hiking
10 months ago

Wonderful views and the wind caves at the top were very cool. The 4 mile drive in on sandy/rocky road was long in our vehicle but beautiful.

off road driving
10 months ago

Worth it! A great quick hike that can be done with ease. Hardest part is the at the head of the trail where you might need to navigate some slightly steep loose rock and dirt. From there is it pretty mild. Bring lots of water though, the heat is no joke if you are heading out anytime after Sunrise outside of November to March. As for the drive up to the trailhead, 4wd is advised, however not required. My buddy followed me up in a Scion XB at stock ride hight w/ Low Pros and didn't have any problems. (Stupid, I know, but it worked out fine) The "road" is in a Wash and the road conditions are all subject to change so exercise caution and use your best judgment before you drive through something you might get yourself stuck in.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

It was pretty dope. Stay Hydrated. Be respectful, clean up after yourself. Use sun block, take a hat. If you know how to drive you won't need a 4x4 to get to the hiking area, but it's recommended.

Sunday, April 01, 2018

Kids loved it. Nice shade for a snack at the wind caves.

hiking
Thursday, January 25, 2018

Easy hike up, great for kids. Go early in the morning to avoid crowds. On a Saturday we hiked past the caves to summit Split Mountain(East). There was no one there at 8am. When we came back through around 11am there were about 30 people there.

hiking
Monday, January 15, 2018

Very easy hike with great views and awesome wind caves. The initial ascent is steep and rocky, but not in any way a reason to avoid this destination. Kids will love it too. Looks like something from a sci-fi movie. Definitely need a vehicle with good clearance and better with 4wd. Access is through a sandy/rocky wash. The trip in to the trailhead through the canyon is scenic too.

hiking
Thursday, December 07, 2017

Great little trail with spectacular views.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

absolutely beautiful - we've done this a few times including a two day backpack trip

hiking
Monday, April 03, 2017

I thought it was a really good hike...fast up then get to see the wind caves and back down you go. Awesomeness. Would not recommend any car try to get out to this location. A lot of lose sand, we took our 4x4 truck out to this.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Super short hike with incredible views and awesome features. This is definitely worth checking out. Although you should probably have a vehicle with a good amount of clearance because the road is a little gnarly. Smaller cars not recommended.

hiking
Wednesday, February 01, 2017

The dirty road to the trail head was quite bumpy, and we passed the trail was alittle hard to find! over all the trail was great, just watch you step there is lots of the loose rocks and gravel but it was well worth the drive out! the views are wonderful!:)

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

great trail

hiking
Sunday, March 13, 2016

Nice short trail that anyone from 12-55 can navigate. Very scenic, especially when you get to the wind caves.

hiking
Monday, February 22, 2016

Hiked it today, nice and short. Was worth the views!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

The hike wasn't scenic and when you finally get there the caves are a little underwhelming.

hiking
Thursday, December 29, 2011

Loved it! The drive though the mountain was so cool and the veiw from the top of the trail is awsome.

hiking
13 days ago

hiking
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