Mortero Wash

Bring your hiking gear when you visit this secluded desert route.

Total Miles
15.4

Elevation

592.74 ft

Duration

4 Hours

Technical Rating

4

Moderate

Best Time

Fall/Winter/Spring

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Trail Overview

Difficulty

Moderate: Mostly easy with a few moderate challenges. Air down for soft sand when necessary. One steep bumpy hill to climb. Rocky spot has bypass. Suitable for stock 4-wheel-drive SUVs. Flash floods possible in washes.

History

It took 12 years to build the 11 miles of railroad through hellish Carrizo Gorge. Twenty-one tunnels and 14 trestles were needed including curved Goat Canyon Trestle. It's a difficult hike to this trestle but worth the effort. The railroad operated over 50 years starting in 1919. Learn more at the Anza-Borrego State Park Visitor Center.

Technical Rating

4

Access Description

Exit Interstate 8 at Ocotillo and head north through town. Follow Hwy. S2 west 9.2 miles from I-8. Watch for sign for Mortero Wash on left after mile marker 56.