Anza-Borrego Desert: Pinyon spring California loop
||5.5 Mile - 3 hour, 10 minutes (Loop), Moderate (Steep terrain).
||2710 - 4280 feet
||High clearance only, see below.
This is a scenic but adventurous hike down a rocky canyon towards Pinyon spring (dry), looping back up another canyon with an unnamed (wet) spring.
On the way down there are steep narrow passages with some scrubs blocking the way.
The return canyon is surprisingly easy to hike, with wildlife trails, sand and a sparse amount of boulders.
Eventually reaching the California Riding and Hiking trail and the Jasper trail (road) completing the loop.
How to get there:
From the Montezuma (S22), take the signed Jasper trail (just before you leave the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, at the four way crossing (small roundabout) keep on going, at the next 3 way crossing, turn left into a dead end road.
After 200 yards park at the end of the road.
The road tends to erode very quickly, leaving deep gullies in the road.
It's dangerous driving any further down the road, unless you have a good very high clearance 4x4.
Alternative start of the hike, just above the Angelina Spring in the Grapevine Canyon.
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