Grapevine Canyon Trail Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Grapevine Canyon is a narrow, sometimes sandy trail that runs between the Volcan Mountains and Grapevine Hills into Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. The start of the trail passes through private property off S22. The road is posted on either side, and there is currently de facto access on Grapevine Canyon Road. Please respect the property and avoid straying from the road. This access, although well known and used, is not always certain. Should it change in the future, the only access to the west end of Grapevine Canyon will be from S22 via the rougher Jasper Trail. The road is roughly graded as far as the state park boundary, at which point it turns into a small, formed trail that follows the line of Grapevine Canyon Wash. To the north are the Grapevine Hills and to the south the trail runs along the boundary of the Grapevine Mountains Wilderness. The wash is vegetated with buckhorn cholla, sugarbush, and creosote bush. As the trail gradually descends there are good views to the southeast over the Pinyon and Whale Peak Mountains. Special Attractions: Birding at historic Yaqui Well; Moderate-standard, historic trail within Anza-Borrego Desert State Park; Wide variety of succulents and Colorado Desert plant life. High-clearance 4WDs are preferred, but any high-clearance vehicle is acceptable. Expect a rough road surface; mud and sand are possible but will be easily passable. You may encounter rocks up to 6 inches in diameter, a loose road surface, and shelf roads, though these will be wide enough for passing or will have adequate pull-offs."