San Diego, CA
Trailblazer | 1263 pts
One of my all-time favorites, this trail takes you to 6 palm oases if you take all the right trails. From quaint little oases with a cluster of a couple dozen palms to huge dense stands. Fantastic birding and some decent herping here. The trail also takes you through creosote flats (more good birding) and ocotillo ridges. Great diversity. Nearby Rockhouse canyon is another great hike--spectacular views from the ridge above. Bow Willow primitive campground is a great base for exploring the area. There's pit toilets but no drinking water, so bring plenty. The best sites are near the trailhead--less exposed and nestled under the rocky slopes. You get a little shade from the slopes and there's more vegetation here.