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off road driving
8 months ago

In my honest opinion, if you are able to drive this you should. There are better, more secluded hikes once you get in than just walking down a dirt road breathing all the dust kicked up by the vehicles. It's sandy, high clearance 4 wheel drive always makes it easier.

I agree with the others - go uphill first and get some wonderful views of Anza Borrego. Then it’s an easy trail to follow to get into the wind caves and slot canyon. By ending with the slot canyon it’s much cooler than hiking uphill in full sun. This trail gets very busy. Lots of people in the Slots.

Slots and wind caves were awesome but the trail needs to be marked better. Most of the trail follows a sand wash but there is a place where the trail breaks from the wash and ascends. We missed the turn and followed the wash and got boxed in, requiring extensive backtracking. Pay attention!

hiking
Monday, February 20, 2017

We camped at Fish Creek Campground just off Fish Creek Wash which is just down road from the entrance on Split Mountain Road. From there we hiked up Fish Creek Wash and followed along until we arrived at the Anticline. This is a good photo op at this location. We continued along the wash until we reached the trail head for the Wind Caves. We took a short detour and headed up about a mile to the Wind Caves. We recommend the detour as you'll get great view of the area from there. After enjoying the Wind Caves, we headed back down and continued onto the trail. Shortly you will see a sign about no vehicles and you will also see the Elephant's Knees ahead. Follow this wash along the windy but flat path. Eventually you will start to see sea shells on the ground. These fossils are from the prehistoric sea floor that used to be in this area. The entire hike provides great geologic diversity.

hiking
Wednesday, February 01, 2017

The slot, which you hit if you go west (clockwise) from the starting point, is great for kids. There is a small scramble from the parking area down to the slot, and the slot continues west for about 1/2 mile. The wash opens up after the little side canyon on the right, so with kids you will want to backtrack to the parking area.
For adults, it is more fun to do the hike counterclockwise, going first to West Butte. The view from West Butte of the mountains and the Salton Sea is great. And after West Butte, you are pretty much going downhill all the way.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Views are Great, but it is hard to find the rite trail they go in every direction

hiking
Saturday, April 25, 2015

A great hike, but a long slog to the top through Harper Canyon. The going is pretty easy near the bottom, but gets progressively steeper as you get higher up. As the wash gets narrower you have to start boulder hopping, so it is slow going and hard on the knees (especially on the descent!). Its worth it though --- the views from the top are spectacular, and if you are looking for a wilderness experience, this is it! I didn't see another soul the entire trip, and the summit register shows the last time the peak was visited was over one month ago. The pads of paper in the can have dates that go back over 15 years --- so not many people visit this peak.

hiking
Sunday, February 12, 2017