Anza-Borrego Desert: Mud Palisades

Rating *****
length 0.4 - 4.4 mile - 15 minutes / 1 hour 40 minutes (Return trip). Easy.
Elevation 1350 - 1700 feet
Access You need a higher clearance 4x4.

Impressive mud/rock formation.
The Olla Wash ends in hundreds of small washes going left and right.
There are so many side canyons and drainages, that it will take at least one day to explore them all.

How to get here:

Take Split Mountain Road (asphalt) for about 8 miles.

Follow the road towards the Fish Creek campground.
Where the road starts is mostly in the middle of the wash.

Road condition vary a lot from year to year, but normally any AWD should do. The road is sandy with some rocks.

As soon as you see the wind cave sign on the left side of the wash (after 5 miles), keep in the same wash, by keeping a bit to the left.
The wash may be signed as "South fork".
Drive past the loop wash (twice), past the diablo dropoff exit.
Past the Sandstone canyon (signed), the next exit Olla wast up to the Mud Palisades.

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