Elephant Trees Trail

Ocotillo Wells, California 92275

Elephant Trees Trail

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This rewarding desert hike ascends alluvial fans toward the foot of the Vallecito Mountains, where a fascinating array of desert plants and magnificent, austere scenery awaits. Many persons view California’s deserts as a vast wasteland, an area to drive through as quickly as possible on the way to somewhere else. The deserts are vast indeed, but to those who have grown to love them, they are anything but wastelands. This short hike helps dispel that myth, for here on the eastern slopes of the Vallecito Mountains you’ll see a broad array of drought-tolerant vegetation, including many rare elephant trees, one of the most unusual plants in the California desert. This area is at its best in winter and spring, when many plants display brilliantly colorful flowers, providing a dramatic contrast to the stark desert landscape."

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Trail Information

Ocotillo Wells
Nearby City
220 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
45 minutes to 1.5 hours
Best mid-October through early May
230 feet
Trailhead Elevation
450 feet
Top Elevation
Anza - Borrego Desert State Park
Local Contacts
USGS Harper Canyon, Borrego Mountain SE
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