Anza-Borrego Desert: Alder Upper Middle Willow
|14.6 Mile - 6 hour 30 minutes (Round trip), Easy/Moderate.
|1710 - 2670 feet
|High clearance 4x4.
A scenic hike, destination Alder canyon.
The shortest route is to follow the Middle willows route.
Or go over the rocky/boulder mountain, bypassing Middle Willow (to keep feet dry).
Entering Yucca valley and going down the wash up to coyote creek.
Follow Coyote Creek for a short while and head south in a wash that is not visible from Coyote Creek.
This route leads to Mangalar spring (water).
Next stop Alder canyon while heading north.
The oasis at a three way fork in Adler canyon is an interesting place to explore.
There should have been a homestead and was home to the Native Indians.
The route follows the creek down to Upper Willows, this is a bush walk with most likely water in the creek.
At Upper Willows visit the cabin that is still in use by passing visitors.
Down to Middle Willows an interesting route that more or less follows the creek.
At first determined to keep the feet dry, but this is mostly a futile exercise, as the water is generally ankle deep and there is sometimes no way to avoid it.
How to get there:
Enter coyote canyon, drive to first, second and third crossing.
This part is generally good for any high clearance car.
After third crossing the road goes uphill on a stretch called boulder alley.
Road conditions on this stretch vary from good to very bad.
Don't even think about going up boulder alley, without knowing the state of the road. Unless driving a serious off road vehicle.
Once past boulder alley the road is generally pretty good and if you make it past boulder alley this should be a breeze.
Keep left on the next crossing, after that keep right on every crossing (middle willows).
Past the Salvador canyon direction Middle willows, the road gets rougher and rougher (rocks and small boulders).
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