Oriflamme Canyon Trail

Julian, California

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Oriflamme Canyon’s gurgling waters are borne to the open air at a spring high on the east slope of the Laguna Mountains. For 5 miles or so, they trickle over polished granite and schist bedrock, tumble over small waterfalls, and nourish a line of oaks, sycamores, willows, and cottonwoods. At Mason Valley, down on the Anza-Borrego Desert floor, they finally sink into porous sand. As soon as the late fall or winter rains begin, the flow of water down Oriflamme Canyon is copious. At one point, the water cascades impressively over a 15foot precipice within a hidden grotto of rock and riparian vegetation. This is the destination of the short but semi-rough hike described here.
Afoot & Afield: San Diego County

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Afoot & Afield: San Diego County

by Jerry Schad (Wilderness Press)

Oriflamme Canyon’s gurgling waters are borne to the open air at a spring high on the east slope of the Laguna Mountains. For 5 miles or so, they trickle over polished granite and schist bedrock, tumble over small waterfalls, and nourish a line of oaks, sycamores, willows, and cottonwoods. At Mason Valley, down on the Anza-Borrego Desert floor, they finally sink into porous sand. As soon as the late fall or winter rains begin, the flow of water down Oriflamme Canyon is copious. At one point, the water cascades impressively over a 15foot precipice within a hidden grotto of rock and riparian vegetation. This is the destination of the short but semi-rough hike described here.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Julian
Distance: 2.6
Elevation Gain: 500 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: December through April
Local Contacts: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Local Maps: USGS Earthquake Valley, Julian
Driving Directions: Directions to Oriflamme Canyon Trail

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