Wind Caves/Split Mountain

Page Type
Route
Location:
California, United States, North America
Route Type:
Hiking
Season:
Winter
Time Required:
Half a day
Difficulty:
Hike

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Wind Caves/Split Mountain
Created On: Jan 17, 2015
Last Edited On: Oct 26, 2017

Overview

Wind Caves refers to a series of sandstone holes and small caves near Fish Creek (Dry) in the eastern parts of California’s Anza Borrego Desert State Park. A short trail goes 250 vertical feet above Split Mountain Road to the Wind Caves. You can follow a beaten path further up to the top of Point 860 ft to get great views of Carrizo Badlands and the desert mountains that rise above them.

Split Mountain is a narrow gorge with a dry wash (Fish Creek) at the bottom of it. The wash is used as a dirt road to reach Wind Caves Trail.


Wind Caves and Split MountainMap

Getting There

From the community of Ocotillo on Route 78, turn south onto Split Mountain Road and drive 8 miles to the end of pavement. Turn right onto the dry wash surface and go 1.4 miles to Fish Creek Primitive Campground. Split Mountain Gorge starts here. Drive another 2.7 miles to Wind Caves Trailhead.

The dry wash is officially a four wheel drive road. I drove with 2 wheel drive to the campground and chose to hike through the gorge. The road through the gorge did not seem rough but was sandy. Some sources say you can drive 2 wheel drive through the gorge. Use your judgment.

Route Description

Hike or drive the Fish Creek Dry Wash (Split Mountain) 1.4 miles to the campground where the gorge starts. Continue another 2.7 miles to Wind Caves Trailhead.

Split Mountain Gorger
Wall of Split Mountain Gorge
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Start of Split Mountain Gorge
Split Mountain Gorge
Where Split Mountain Gorge opens up
Split Mountain Gorge
Split Mountain Gorge
Wall of Split Mountain Gorge
Split Mountain Gorge
Split Mountain Gorge
Wall of Split Mountain Gorge



The gorge suddenly ends. 0.2 miles after the end of the gorge, you will see a sign for Wind Caves Trail.

On Wind Caves TrailOn Wind Caves Trail


The half mile long trail takes you from an elevation of 450 ft to 700 ft where the Wind Caves appear.

Wind Caves
Wind Caves
Wind Caves
Wind Caves
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Wind Caves
Wind Caves Area
Wind Caves


A beaten path can be seen going up to the top of Point 860 ft.

Point 860 ft from Wind Caves AreaPoint 860 ft from Wind Caves Area


Views from the top of Point 860 ft.

From Point 860 ft
Elephant Knees, from Point 860 ftElephant Knees
Wind Caves area from Point 860 ftLooking down at Wind Caves
From Point 860 ftCarrizo Badlands
From Point 860 ft, Fish Creek WashFish Creek Wash
From Point 860 ft, Fish Creek WashFish Creek Wash


When to Hike

Winter, late autumn and early spring is the best time to hike. Summer can be dangerously hot.

External Links

http://www.hikespeak.com/trails/wind-caves-trail-anza-borrego-desert/.





Wind Caves/Split Mountain

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