Anza-Borrego Desert: Joshua canyon
A scenic hike with slot-like mud/sandstone canyons.
||4.1 mile - 2 hour 15 minutes (Round trip), Easy.
||440 - 740 feet
||High clearance 4x4 only, see below.
Expect steep and narrow canyons, a lone palm tree and boulders that got stuck above the narrow canyon floor.
There are many forks to explore, most of them rather easy.
Other names for the canyon: Howley Gulch/Wash.
How to get here:
Only try this with a high clearance 4x4.
Take the Calcite dirt road, close to mile 38, this is probably the most difficult part of the drive.
If you are unfamiliar with the road, walk the short stretch before you drive down.
Once in the wash, turn right (east) and drive down the South Palm Wash.
Now leaving the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and entering the Truckhaven off road area, continue on the road.
After just over 2 miles, at the first intersection turn left (north), now re-entering the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.
Drive for just over 0.8 mile and park at a small and unmarked wash, heading west.
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