Anza-Borrego Desert: Indian Canyon
||6.4 Mile - 4 hour 20 minutes (Round trip), Easy/Moderate.
||1600 - 2600 feet
||High clearance 4x4.
A scenic hike up Indian canyon.
The route is generally good to follow, expect no marking or a 'real' trail.
Further on hiking gets progressively more difficult, crossing the dense jungle like creek a couple of times, hiking left and right above the canyon.
Catclaw is the main obstacle in this canyon, sometimes blocking the more obvious route.
Generally a small stream of water will be flowing in the canyon with it's dense vegetation and palm trees.
Cougar canyon is the first fork to the west, a nice side tour, the canyon is very steep and not very accessible.
The second west fork is more easily accessible: Bennis Bowl
Deering canyon, the third fork is densely filled with scrubs and has a seasonal stream.
The map below shows tho access points. The south wall of the canyon is the best place to hike, but certainly not easy.
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 every crossing, following Sheep / Cougar canyon.
Park at the Cougar canyon parking.
Tom Chester plant list, our own plant list in the link below.
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