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California - Borrego Springs - Carrizo West Fork Palms

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Distance
5.07 mi
Elevation gain
909 ft
Technical difficulty
Moderate
Elevation loss
909 ft
Max elevation
1,896 ft
TrailRank 
32
Min elevation
936 ft
Trail type
Loop
Time
3 hours 22 minutes
Coordinates
1232
Uploaded
March 25, 2014
Recorded
March 2014
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1,896 ft
936 ft
5.07 mi

near Palm Grove, California (United States)

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Start hiking up the sandy wash (West).
The wash narrows considerably and soon you see the first palms.
That's always a good sign, to see a couple of palms at the beginning of the wash.

The further you go more rocks and eventually some boulders and of course some dry falls.
We found one dead Borrego in the wash, the smell is hard to forget. As we saw Coyote in the same wash, they may have caught up with him.

As more and more boulders fill the wash, look for trails on the left side of the canyon wall, it's probably time to get a bit out of the wash.

All of a sudden palms far away, actually a very healthy population of palms over a hundred in a quick count, but most likely more.
No running water at the palms.
At the first small oasis, a short but steep scramble up the left canyon wall up to the next much bigger oasis.

Expect sand, rocks, boulders and some dry falls along the way.
Carrizo Canyon is a smuggler route, we did see man made improvements on the trail (Scrubs cut down with a saw).


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How to get here:

Take the signed exit Carrizo wash close to mile 48.5, just past the Bow Willow camp ground (from the North)
Drive the wash road for about 4.1 mile and park before the road dips into the wash.
Road conditions change a lot, I've seen regular cars on part of the road, but in 2014 the soft sand warning was warranted.
A 4x4 is highly recommended.

Waypoints

PictographWaypoint Altitude 690 ft

Carrizo

Carrizo Wash

PictographCar park Altitude 935 ft

Park

Park Mile 4.1

PictographWaypoint Altitude 1,891 ft

Oasis

Oasis

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