Anza-Borrego Desert: Loop wash Mile 1.4 West

Rating *****
Length 4.4 mile (return) - 2 Hour, 10 minutes (return trip). Easy.
Elevation 920 - 1250 feet
Access All cars, park roadside mile 49.9.

An impressive hike in narrow mud (stone) canyons.

Start hiking West and after a short while leave the main wash and take the first wash on the left (West).
The wash is slightly rocky at first, but the rocks will disappear soon.

At first the area is rather flat and the wash may be hard to follow. Keep more to the left (West).
Once in the small ever winding wash, follow it all the way to the end.
Only one obstacle in the form of a small fall, more like a dry rapid.

On the way back, take a slick wash on the left, for a small climb up the ridge. Nice views on top of the ridge.

How to get here:

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

Follow the road towards the Fish Creek campground.
Where the road starts is mostly in the middle of the wash. But in other years at the right hand side of the wash as in 2013.

Road condition vary a lot from year to year.
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.
Don't go into the first North fork, but keep left.
The wash you are entering should be signed as South Fork.

Take the first road on the right(North), signed Loop Wash.
The loop wash is about as good a wash road as the South Fork wash road. But road conditions vary a lot.
Drive the loop wash for about 1.4 mile and park as you see a rocky wash on the right.
On the way back continue on the loop wash and after a short while you will meet the South Fork Road and head back.

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