Grapevine Canyon Trail

Borrego Springs, California 92004

Grapevine Canyon Trail

Grapevine Canyon Trail Professional Guide

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"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."

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California Desert Byways (Wilderness Press)
Tony Huegel
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"This little canyon road provides outstanding views of rugged desert mountains and a sampling of varied vegetation as it descends from almost 4,000 feet to about 1,400 feet. Yaqui Well, a seep-watered oasis at the lower end of the drive in San Felipe Wash, is a wildlife sanctuary and popular bird-watching area."

Grapevine Canyon Trail Trip Reports

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We entered Grapevine canyon from the bottom of the Banner Grade late in the afternoon. Since So Calif is in a drought and this is in Borrego desert, I expected all of it to be really dry. Because of the springs you pass, there was a lot of greenery, and I captured several good macro pictures of wildflowers and cactus blooms. The trail was a fairly easy drive, mostly smooth, sandy roads. If you do this trail in summer, bring plenty of water and sunscreen!
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Beautiful canyon, we drove it from North(Ranchita) to South(Hwy. 78). The road is all dirt/gravel, sandy in spots and has one narrow rocky spot that required locking the rear diff(Toy preunner) to get through. I'd recommend a high clearance vehicle.
Angelia Spring, a mile south of Suart Spring is another beautiful spot. Indian morteros and pottery shards can be seen there just east of the wash. Interesting rock formations and trails are nearby.

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Trail Information

Borrego Springs
Nearby City
Trail Type
1.5 hours
Year-round; best October to June
1,400 feet
Trailhead Elevation
4,000 feet
Top Elevation
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Local Contacts
USGS Ranchita, Tubb Canyon, Borrego Valley
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