Kwaaymii Point lies along the Pacific Crest Trail and just to the east of Sunrise Highway (S-1). The vast views of the Anza-Borrego Desert are stupendous from this vista point and must be seen to be believed! I took this short little trip on Christmas Day and it happened to be snowing and quite cold. It was a veritable Winter Wonderland while I happened to be in the area. I didn’t go for a long hike here so there isn’t too much more for me to type up except for this: enjoy the photos and find the rest of them here on the full page!
Sometimes I am surprised and amazed by the vehicles I see leave pavement for the desert and am pleasantly surprised. Other times I chuckle a little and can yank someone out of a bad situation or drag their disabled vehicle to a better place. Then there are times where I am simply dumbfounded by what I encounter. I thought that I was going to end a nice day of driving through some easy trails and hiking with one last jaunt off-road and found a class A motorhome attempting to make its way back to civilization. It ended up being a long night for me and an even longer next day for the wayward travelers…
The Wind Caves are in the eastern end of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park along Fish Creek. The closest paved road is Split Mountain Road just a few miles to the east. For detailed directions and trail descriptions look to my page on the Diablo Dropoff and Fish Creek. Most any vehicle should be able to reach the Wind Caves from the eastern end, provided you drive slowly and carefully. The geological formations in this area are simply mesmerizing. I’ll have to take some more photos of the area in the future but for now look for them on this page. Enjoy!
Vallecito Creek is just one of the many washes that pass through Anza-Borrego. It can be reached from the west via S-2 and is about 20 miles north of I-8. It can also reached from the east via the many trails that connect to it. Vallecito Creek heads east and reaches Arroyo Tapaido. Arroyo Tapaido either heads north to a dead end or loops back around south to reach Arroyo Seco del Diablo. The Diablo Dropoff and Fish Creek jut off to the east and eventually lead you towards Split Mountain Road and Ocotillo Wells. I didn’t take any separate photos of some of these trails but rather just took screenshots of the video to give you an quick idea of the environment. Look for all of the corresponding videos and pictures in the links below. Enjoy!
I’ll be posting up some video from trails I went through on the same day I took this video, but for now I’ll just post up about the Mud Caves. In Anza-Borrego Desert State Park there are a large network of caves that you can walk and crawl through. Obviously, they can get dark so don’t forget your flashlight. There’s also a lot of seismic activity in the area so the cliff sides and caves are not a good place to camp out. I traversed a single cave with a small group of friends for about an hour; it would take quite a long time to explore the cave system in detail.
The closest paved road to the Mud Caves is S-2 (reached from the south via I-8 and the north via CA-78), then take Vallecito Creek east, and then head north a few miles along Arroyo Tapaido. During the cooler months of the year there will be a lot of tourists so it’s pretty hard to miss.
Diablo Dropoff is surrounded by a network of trails in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. How hard this obstacle/trail is depends greatly upon weather conditions and seismic activity. The first time I went through Diablo Dropoff in 2012, the dropoff was heavily eroded and rutted.This gradually got worse until the dropoff was impassable due to part of the trail collapsing. Sometime later, the trail was restored and the dropoff was pretty mild. As always, the trail is gradually degrading and becoming more interesting to drive through. After going down the dropoff, there a few rocky washes and the trail gets easy again. A good stock 4×4 with some ground clearance should be able to make it through the trail.
Even without the trail being difficult though, the views are spectacular and worth taking a look at even if you don’t drive all the way through. Since their is a lot of seismic activity in the area, don’t spend to much time in the mud caves or under overhangs. Rainstorms can also cause the cliffs to collapse. From the southern end, this trail can be reached by taking S-2, exiting onto Canyon Sin Nombre, heading north and turning right onto Arroyo Seco Del Diablo after about five miles, then turning right after seeing the sign for Diablo Dropoff after about six miles. There are other ways of reaching this trail, which I will happily type up about in due time or for anyone who asks. Here are some of the pictures and look on this page for the rest of them. Enjoy!