Anza-Borrego Desert: Fossil canyon

Rating *****
Length 4.7 mile (return) - 2 Hour, 45 minutes (return trip). Easy/Moderate.
Elevation 750 - 1490 feet
Access Some ground clearance, see below.

The fossil canyon is rocky and high walled, starting out narrow but widens considerably further up.
This route leads over a saddle to a rocky canyon on the other side and ends at a steep dry fall.
On the way back the route follows an old trail and is fairly easy.

It's much safer to bring a hiking stick along, some parts are gravel and may be slippery.

How to get here:

Follow the S2 and exit on Shell canyon road north, cross a 4 way crossing and as the asphalt turns left (west) keep on going on the marked 115 dirt road.
Most cars should be able to make it most of the way, but watch out for rocks.
The dirt road is good, but you need a bit of ground clearance
Drive the 115 for about 1 mile, until you reach a metal barrier.

The barrier can be passed, but most likely not allowed, but only for a couple of hundred feet at that point you need much more ground clearance and traction.
Bring your ID along, you pass a border patrol checkpoint.

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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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