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California - Borrego Springs - Indian valley - Torote canyon loop

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Distance
8.49 mi
Elevation gain
1,762 ft
Technical difficulty
Difficult
Elevation loss
1,762 ft
Max elevation
2,421 ft
TrailRank 
32
Min elevation
1,548 ft
Trail type
Loop
Time
4 hours 59 minutes
Coordinates
1770
Uploaded
March 30, 2014
Recorded
March 2014
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2,421 ft
1,548 ft
8.49 mi

near Mesquite Oasis, California (United States)

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Itinerary description


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Hike south west up to the saddle.
Not a big obstacle, but the jumping cholla are.

Over the saddle go down into the more sandy wash, a fork of the Canebrake Wash.
Take the small wash up to the right (West).
Over the saddle, again entering a fork of the Canebrake Wash, the hiking is actually pretty easy as this hike alternates easy sandy washes with boulders.

After some larger boulders, turn right (East) in a small canyon and go up, short but steep, with some small boulders.

Easy again, until the canyon goes steeply downhill and of course boulders.
Don't go too far down, go more level South/East and end up in a fork of the Torote Canyon.

Go down in a small wash and take the wide fork on the right (North/West), a fork of the Torote Canyon.
Not that steep a canyon, sand with some boulders.

One more obstacle, the canyon on the right is completely blocked by boulders.
Bypass on the left, but be careful.

Now the hiking gets easy, but the main wash is less clear. Aim for the dome like mountain (south/west) called the Sombrero Mountain.

At the next saddle go down steeply in a wash with enough boulders to make the steep descent safe.

Warning:

Make sure you have tweezers with you to remove the jumping cholla.


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How to get there:

On Hwy S2 close to Mile 46, exit Indian Gorge. Drive for 2.5 mile. Take the right fork and drive another 1.8 mile up to point park.

This is a good dirt road with some small rocks at the start.
After you pass Torote Canyon the road gets way better.

It's a risk going in without a 4x4, you may make it, but you can just as easily get stuck in the soft sand.

Waypoints

PictographWaypoint Altitude 742 ft

Indian G

Indian Gorge

PictographWaypoint Altitude 1,302 ft

Xing R

Xing Right North Fork

PictographCar park Altitude 1,766 ft

Park

Park

PictographWaypoint Altitude 2,420 ft

Saddle 1

Saddle 1

PictographWaypoint Altitude 2,149 ft

Y

Y

PictographWaypoint Altitude 2,236 ft

Saddle 2

Saddle 2

PictographWaypoint Altitude 1,687 ft

Fork

Fork

PictographWaypoint Altitude 1,778 ft

PER

Per

PictographWaypoint Altitude 1,923 ft

Saddle 3

Saddle 3

PictographWaypoint Altitude 1,724 ft

Torote

Torote Canyon

PictographWaypoint Altitude 1,549 ft

Fork

Fork right

PictographWaypoint Altitude 2,092 ft

Boulders

Boulders

PictographWaypoint Altitude 2,264 ft

Saddle 4

Saddle 4

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