Arroyo Tapiado and Arroyo Seco del Diablo Loop Trail

Ocotillo, California

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Along the canyon walls of Arroyo Tapiado (“Mudwall Wash”), weathering and erosion acting on friable sedimentary rock have produced a strange kind of topography known by some geologists as pseudokarst. Like karst topography, which is associated with limestone caverns and sinkholes, this pseudokarst landscape contains caves, subterranean drainage systems, and “blind valleys” that end in “swallow holes.” The loop hike described here— “strenuous” only because of its excessive length—also includes narrow, twisting Arroyo Seco del Diablo (“Dry Wash of the Devil”), a.k.a. Arroyo Diablo, with plenty of opportunities for side trips into narrow tributary ravines.

Arroyo Tapiado & Arroyo Seco del Diablo Loop Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Along the canyon walls of Arroyo Tapiado (“Mudwall Wash”), weathering and erosion acting on friable sedimentary rock have produced a strange kind of topography known by some geologists as pseudokarst. Like karst topography, which is associated with limestone caverns and sinkholes, this pseudokarst landscape contains caves, subterranean drainage systems, and “blind valleys” that end in “swallow holes.” The loop hike described here— “strenuous” only because of its excessive length—also includes narrow, twisting Arroyo Seco del Diablo (“Dry Wash of the Devil”), a.k.a. Arroyo Diablo, with plenty of opportunities for side trips into narrow tributary ravines."

Activity Type: Hiking, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Ocotillo
Distance: 16.5
Elevation Gain: 600 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 8 hours
Season: December through April
Local Contacts: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Local Maps: USGS Arroyo Tapiado
Driving Directions: Directions to Arroyo Tapiado & Arroyo Seco del Diablo Loop Trail

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