Anza-Borrego Desert: White wash loop
||13.2 mile (round trip) - 6 Hour (round trip). Moderate.
||2680 - 4200 feet
||High clearance 4x4, see below.
A hike down towards Upper Coyote canyon, Horse Canyon and White Wash.
Start at the PCT heading south, after a short while head east following a drainage. A bit of of a bush walk until reaching the dirt road.
Now follow the (closed) dirt road down until it levels, next enter the canyon on the right.
The canyon isn't that well defined at the start, rocky and often blocked by scrubs. This is by far the most difficult part of the loop, rocks, boulders and scrubs blocking the route.
The small canyon coming down on, is a fork of Nance Canyon, no head for Horse Canyon.
White Wash is an optional detour, the best view of White Wash is while coming down Table Mountain.
Continue on Horse Canyon until meeting the very faint old dirt road.
Head up the dirt road, that takes a rather direct route for a road, sometimes rather steep.
How to get here:
Drive up the signed Old Cattle Trail, go right on the signed Table Mountain, the next left and park were the PCT crosses the road.
The start of the hike is not were we want it to be, the obvious choice is "Gate Anza Borrego" but that access is barred by a No Trespassing sign, but those are just $2 signs.
Nevertheless we opted to start at the PCT and enter the Anza Borrego Desert that way.
The road is very rough and not advised after recent rain.
You might trespass driving these roads, because there is a lot of private property out here.
If you find a better route please let us know.
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