Anza-Borrego Desert: Sheep Canyon

Rating *****
length 5 Mile - 4 hour (Round trip), Moderate (boulders).
Elevation 1680 - 2390 feet
Access High clearance 4x4.

A scenic bush boulder hike up Sheep canyon.
How difficult the hike is depends on how good you are navigating this rough canyon and foremost the amount of water flowing in the creek.

Certainly at the start there are several well traveled trails. Generally follow the canyon in (no water) or just out of the canyon.
One of the two bigger falls will be a turnaround point for a lot of hikers.
Take the time to find the best route and try to remember the return route.
Most of the time the trail leads above the north side of the canyon.

There are not too many thorny bushes in the canyon, but there will be some that block the best route.
Suppress the urge to go higher up the canyon wall than needed.
This certainly is a strenuous hike going in and out of the canyon and crossing the creek several times.

Sheep canyon is a very popular group destination especially in the weekends.

Warning: This GPS track may not be accurate enough to guide you along the right track, it may lead into dangerous terrain. So do not follow it blindly.

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.
Many will hike the stretch from Second or Third crossing.

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, except the last one close to Sheep canyon (palms), follow the signs Sheep canyon.
Park at the end of the road, but not on the camp ground.

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