Fonts Wash

San Diego County, California

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Fonts Wash is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in San Diego County, California. It is 3.6 miles long and begins at 737 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 465 feet.
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Fonts Wash is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in San Diego County, California. It is 3.6 miles long and begins at 737 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 465 feet. This trail connects with the following: Short Wash.
Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Road Biking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: San Diego County
Distance: 3.6
Elevation Gain: 465 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 737 feet
Top Elevation: 1,190 feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Fonts Wash
Elevation Min/Max: 737/1190 ft
Elevation Start/End: 737/737 ft
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Backcountry Adventures: Southern California

Backcountry Adventures: Southern California

Fonts Point has long been described as having one of the best views within Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. The easy sandy trail is passable by a high-clearance 2WD vehicle most of the time. It can even be traversed by a very carefully driven passenger vehicle. However, if you take these vehicles along the trail, you need to be extra alert and aware that you may get stuck in soft sand. The trail leaves S22 up the wide, sandy Fonts Point Wash. It is easy to follow; although there are a couple of forks in the trail, they all rejoin within a short distance. The only side trail is the Short Wash 4WD Trail. Special Attractions: Exceptional view of the Borrego Badlands and the Borrego Valley from Fonts Point; Interesting, sandy trail up Fonts Point Wash. High-clearance vehicles are preferred, but not necessary. This trail is dirt roads, but may have rocks, grades, water crossings, or ruts that make clearance a concern in a normal passenger vehicle. The trail is fairly wide, so that passing is possible at almost any point along the trail. Mud is not a concern under normal weather conditions.

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Afoot & Afield: San Diego County

Afoot & Afield: San Diego County

Sure, it’s possible to drive to within a Frisbee’s throw of Fonts Point Overlook and take in the famous view of erosion-scarred mud hills and dry washes. But the overlook, per se, isn’t really the best viewing place. Up to about one hour after sunrise and one hour before sunset, the razorback ridges cast bold shadows across the honey-colored hills—perfect lighting for photography-minded visitors. Remember to approach the brink cautiously, especially if you have kids. In a couple of places, large blocks of the cliff face are beginning to cleave.

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Guide to Southern California Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails

Guide to Southern California Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails

A short drive in a wide sandy wash culminating with a truly outstanding view of Borrego Badlands. Don’t skip this trip. This trip can be done in a two-wheel-drive, high-clearance vehicle as long as you stay in the center of the wash where the sand is hard packed. However, it’s a good idea to stay in four-wheel drive all the time in case you wander into the soft sand. Keep up your speed in case you begin to bog down. Check at Anza-Borrego Park Visitor Center for road conditions.

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May 2018