BorregoHiking.com: Fish creek
Fish creek canyon is the divide between Fish Creek Mountains and the Vallecito Mountains. The namesake fish that used to swim in the ponds are long gone, some remain near the visitor center.
How to get here:
From Ocotillo Wells take the split mountain road. The winding road is used by the Gypsum mine trucks, so drive carefully and expect deep potholes.
Watch out for the elephant knees turnout, fish creek is the next wash. Turn right at the sign Fish Creek Campground.
The "road" is different every season, it runs in the wide sandy wash, with the occasional rock.
Pass the campground that is on the left, higher up the bank, gradually the canyon narrows into a steep gorge.
Just past the gorge, you find the wind caves, the most popular destination.
A high clearance 4x4 is highly recommended, deep sand may pose problems, especially close to the Wind Caves, stay on the "road".
Beyond the Wind Caves, the wash forks numerous times a place to get lost.
Don't underestimate the driving distances, it's one hour, one way to the Mud Palisades and some forks are rather challenging to drive.
Whenever rain is expected, the canyon can be a dangerous place, cars have known to be washed miles down stream.
The area includes:
Blackwood Basin, Cairn Wash, Camels Head Wash, Coral Wash, Dave Mc Cain Spring, Dieguenos Wash, Diablo Drop-off, Elephant Knees, Fish Creek Mountain, Jigsaw Wash, Layer Cake Wash, Loop Wash, Lycium Wash, Mud Palisades, No Return canyon, Olla Wash, Oyster Shell Wash, Pirate Wash, Sandstone Canyon, Wind Caves, Gypsum Peak.
The red area represents, as far as we know, the Carrizo Impact Area boundaries. The entry to the Carrizo Impact Area is prohibited and very dangerous.
Around the Carrizo Impact Area there is an exclusion zone, on the west side following the San Diego/Imperial county line.
Be aware of unexploded ordenace even well outside of the actual impact area.
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