Arroyo Seco Del Diablo

Anza-Borrego Desert State Wilderness, California

Elevation Gain1,171ft
Trailhead Elevation1,362ft
Elevation Min/Max761/1379ft
Elevation Start/End1362/1362ft

Arroyo Seco Del Diablo

Arroyo Seco Del Diablo is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in San Diego County, California. It is within Anza-Borrego Desert State Wilderness. It is 7.3 miles long and begins at 1,362 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 14.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,171 feet.

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Backcountry Adventures: Southern California (Adler Publishing )
Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson
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"The state park service and various guidebooks about the region list this trail as being one-way-only because of the steep, challenging Diablo Drop Off located near Fish Creek. Although it does not look particularly difficult as you stand at the top and look down, the loose sand makes it difficult to impossible for a vehicle to return up the drop-off. The trail leaves the easier route along Vallecito Wash 1.1 miles west of the intersection with Canyon sin Nombre. It travels up Arroyo Seco del Diablo, a side wash of Vallecito Canyon. For most of the way it twists within this sandstone canyon, traveling in the sandy wash. The loose and fragile walls of the canyon mean that rock and sand falls are common, and you are likely to have to climb over fallen debris. On windy days, dust and sand pour off the canyon walls like miniature waterfalls. Special Attractions: Challenging Diablo Drop Off; Twisting canyon of Arroyo Seco del Diablo through the Carrizo Badlands. High-clearance 4WDs are required. This trail has either a rough, rutted surface, rocks up to 9 inches, mud and deep sand that may be impassable for inexperienced drivers, or stream crossings up to 18 inches deep. Certain sections may be steep enough to cause traction problems, and you may encounter very narrow shelf roads with steep drop-offs and tight clearance between rocks or trees." Read more

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The begining of this trail is super beautiful!! Tall canyon walls with lots to look at. Not very difficult! The drop off is lots of fun! Kind of hard in some places with lots of deep ruts and rocks. Raised 4x4 would be needed. The small end of the trail has lots of boulders. Fun time!

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Trail Information

Anza-Borrego Desert State Wilderness
Nearby City
Anza-Borrego Desert State Wilderness
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Local Contacts
USGS Arroyo Tapiado, El Cajon
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