Anza-Borrego Desert: Oriflamme Canyon

Rating *****
length 3.1 mile - 2 hour 25 minutes (round trip). Easy/Moderate.
Elevation 2730 - 3160 feet
Access

A hike in a greener canyon following an old cattle trail.

The hike starts close to the wash, that's seasonal and generally has some running water higher up the creek.
It's easy to miss the faint trail.

The best way to enjoy the canyon is to hike up as close as possible to the creek and hike back on the faint hiking trail.
Watch out for Catclaw the only true obstacle in the canyon.
Warning: Poison Oak may be growing close to the creek.

More pictures on the loop version of this hike.

How to get here:

To drive this road a high clearance AWD is advised.
Take the marked exit Oriflamme (S2 Mile 26/27, there is a mailbox), at the next marked crossing, just before the farm, turn right.
Follow the wash road, cross the mostly dry wash a couple of times. In some years this may be a challenging drive for a street AWD.
At the signed 3 way crossing Oriflamme / Rodriguez, keep left on the Mason Valley Truck Trail. From now on the road gets increasingly rougher.
Consider to exit on a dirt road at point "Alternative Exit".
The whole drive is about 3 mile on an interesting wash and rocky road.

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