Anza-Borrego Desert: Fish Creek Wash North fork
||7.9 mile - 3 hour 15 minutes (Return trip). Easy/moderate.
||550 - 990 feet
||A 4x4, with good ground clearance.
An impressive wash hike.
Start at our parking point or stop at the Wind caves and hike from there.
To shorten the hike, follow the "Road" by car, as far as you like.
Follow the main wash up and shortcut it when possible. There should be plenty of firm stretches in this sandy wash.
When in doubt, look for tire tracks, even in the impossible places.
At the end you can go back the same way.
Or you can easily cross over (at point "Over") into another wash (Mollusk Wash) and follow it down.
How to get there:
From Ocotillo Wells take the split mountain road.
Turn right at the sign Fish Creek Campground.
The road should be close to the middle of the wash.
Turn right on the first crossing (North Fork), close to the Wind Caves.
Disregard, the Oyster and Lycium "roads" to the right.
The North Fork is at least one notch more difficult to drive than the South fork, a high clearance 4x4 is essential.
This wash road will challenge the clearance of a regular SUV, we drive a Subaru Forester and we come close to it's ground clearance at times.
Road conditions in the North Fork can change in a week.
Be prepared, we carry a couple of sand plates, to raise our ground clearance in case we get stuck and in this fork and we had to use them a couple of times.
At days, even in "high" season, traffic may be low and you may be the only one travelling this fork for the day.
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