Fonts Wash

San Diego County, California

Elevation Gain465ft
Trailhead Elevation737ft
Elevation Min/Max737/1190ft
Elevation Start/End737/737ft

Fonts Wash

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.

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Backcountry Adventures: Southern California (Adler Publishing )
Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson
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"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."
Afoot & Afield: San Diego County (Wilderness Press)
Jerry Schad
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"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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5 stars for the view at the end!! Super easy trail. We had an old station wagon and a mercedes follow us out! Go at sunset! Beautiful!!

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San Diego County
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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
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