Fish Creek Wash

Anza-Borrego Desert State Wilderness, California

Elevation Gain2,503ft
Trailhead Elevation225ft
Elevation Min/Max225/1550ft
Elevation Start/End225/225ft

Fish Creek Wash

Fish Creek Wash is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Imperial County and San Diego County, California. It is within Anza-Borrego Desert State Wilderness. It is 13.9 miles long and begins at 225 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 27.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,503 feet. This trail connects with the following: Mud Hills Wash and Loop Wash.

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California Desert Byways (Wilderness Press)
Tony Huegel
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"If you do only one drive in the park, this should be the one. It has it all: an outstanding scenic and geologic experience, wind caves, and Sandstone Canyon, a slot canyon with walls 200 feet high. On the way to Fish Creek Wash is the Elephant Trees Area, where an easy 1.5-mile self-guided loop foot trail introduces visitors to the area’s diverse vegetation. Elephant Trees (Bursera microphylla) are small trees or shrubs noted for thick trunks in which water is stored. They bloom in early summer with a small creamy-white flower."

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Wilderness
Nearby City
Anza-Borrego Desert State Wilderness
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Local Contacts
ACSC San Diego, CRRA
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