Anza-Borrego Desert: Oriflamme canyon loop

Rating *****
Length 3.5 mile (return) - 2 Hour, 30 minutes (return trip). Moderate.
Elevation 2780 - 3500 feet
Access Take the marked exit Oriflamme. Road is rough and you need some ground clearance.

A hike in a greener canyon following an old cattle trail.

The hike starts close to the wash, that normally has some water in it.
It's easy to miss the faint trail.

Not long after the start, keep more to the right of the canyon, the left is way to steep and suitable for Sheep.

As you come down in a sandy wash, take the right (north/west) fork.
Hike out of the canyon on the right (east) side.
This is a bit of a scramble, try to follow the animal trails leading up to the road above.

Hike back to the car on the rocky road, with great views of the canyon below.

Warning:

The canyon is filled with scrubs, especially when you go off trail.
Luckily they are mostly harmless except for the Catclaw.
Warning: Poison Oak may be growing close to the creek.

How to get here:

To drive this road a high clearance AWD is advised.
Take the marked exit Oriflamme (S2 Mile 26/27, there is a mailbox), at the next marked crossing, just before the farm, turn right.
Follow the wash road, cross the mostly dry wash a couple of times. In some years this may be a challenging drive for a street AWD.
At the signed 3 way crossing Oriflamme / Rodriguez, keep left on the Mason Valley Truck Trail. From now on the road gets increasingly rougher.
Consider to exit on a dirt road at point "Alternative Exit".
The whole drive is about 3 mile on an interesting wash and rocky road.

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Hiking the Borrego Springs Area (Anza-Borrego Desert State Park) California, Hike with gps, gpx and kml (Google Earth).

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