Oriflame and Chariot Canyons Drive

Julian, California 92036

Oriflame and Chariot Canyons Drive

Oriflame and Chariot Canyons Drive Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"West of S2 rise the coffee-brown ramparts of the steep and rugged Laguna Mountains, deeply incised with canyons like Oriflame and, over the crest to the north, Chariot. Both canyons have long been corridors over the mountains for Native Americans, 18thcentury Spanish travelers, mule-borne passengers of the short-lived San Antonio–San Diego Mail line and gold seekers lured here during the Julian–Banner rush of the 1870s. Today’s adventure drivers, hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians are drawn by inspiring views down long, steep canyons and across lofty ridges that form a transition zone between coastal and desert environments."

Oriflame and Chariot Canyons Drive Trip Reports

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3/14/2010
This was a great 4 to 5 hour loop. We went up Oriflamme, down Chariot then looped back on Rodriguez. Plenty of medium difficulty spots with a couple of hard difficulty sections to play on. There was a gate on Rodriguez but it was a “keep gate closed” vs. a “keep out gate”. I’ll do this one again.
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Trail Information

Julian
Nearby City
11.1
Distance
Shuttle
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Difficulty
2 hours
Duration
Best fall through spring; check local conditions
Season
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Local Contacts
BLM’s Borrego Valley, CRRA
Local Maps

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