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California - Borrego Springs - Bittercreek loop 2

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Distance
6.67 mi
Elevation gain
1,434 ft
Technical difficulty
Moderate
Elevation loss
1,434 ft
Max elevation
3,383 ft
TrailRank 
34
Min elevation
2,052 ft
Trail type
Loop
Time
3 hours 50 minutes
Coordinates
1399
Uploaded
April 14, 2014
Recorded
April 2014
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3,383 ft
2,052 ft
6.67 mi

near Scissors Crossing, California (United States)

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A scenic loop in two Bittercreek forks.
One of the wet places in the park, so a good flower hike.

After about 1 mile, take the hard to see wash on the right (West).
This is a small wash but it's easy to hike in. Sometimes a bit hard to spot where the wash is going.

As the wash narrows and steepens at point "Narrow" go out of the wash and hike up to the ridge.
Using a topo map or GPS is highly recommended, to find the most ideal spot to go up.

At the ridge head West on top of the ridge, until you can find a good spot to come down into the canyon below (South/West).
Follow the canyon/wash all the way up to Bittercreek.
In case you are wondering why you don't see any footprints in this excellent wash, most hikers are scared off by the barriers at the start of the fork.
Not much of a problem, try following the animal trail.

You end up at the second fork, just in front of the almost always dry Bittercreek Springs.

In 2012 a fire destroyed much of the vegetation, but it's growing back and the wild flowers are even better.


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How to get here:

At Hwy 78, mile 74.1, exit into the Grapevine canyon, drive for 1.9 mile, disregard a branch to the left to a small parking (Grapevine Summit Parking).
The road is a sand road, but good, you need some ground clearance.
Park just before the crossing, Grapevine / Yaqui Well.

Waypoints

PictographWaypoint Altitude 1,773 ft

Grapevine

Grapevine

PictographCar park Altitude 2,077 ft

Park

Park

PictographWaypoint Altitude 2,265 ft

Fork 1

Fork 1

PictographWaypoint Altitude 2,832 ft

Narrow

Narrow

PictographWaypoint Altitude 3,332 ft

Ridge

Ridge

PictographWaypoint Altitude 2,507 ft

Barrier 1

Barrier 1

PictographWaypoint Altitude 2,424 ft

Barrier 2

Barrier 2

PictographWaypoint Altitude 2,347 ft

Fork 2

Fork 2

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