Oriflamme Canyon Trail Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Beginning in Blair Valley at an elevation of around 2,300 feet and climbing to around 3,200 feet, this out-and-back hike takes you through a vegetation-rich ecotone between low and high desert. In wet years or after sufficient rainfall, the seasonal creek, Vallecito Wash, will be running. The last 1.4-mile section (perhaps your four-wheel-drive starting point; see option below) transports you into a tangle of riparian wilderness that will make you forget you’re in the desert. The rugged terrain climbs through creek-fed cottonwoods, willows, and sycamore trees, leading past several small waterfalls to the sloshing endpoint: falls that tumble approximately 15 feet from the craggy rock face into the gurgling stream below. Outstanding Features: Wide variety of desert and riparian vegetation, a flowing seasonal creek with sparkling pools, waterfalls, and the accompanying serene sounds."