Split Mountain

Salton City, California (Imperial County)

Last Updated: 01/14/2016
5 / 5 ( 1 review )
Nearby Trails
Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 4.32 miles
Highest Elevation: 448 feet
Duration: About 1 hour
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: South
Nearest Town: Salton City
Nearest Town w/ Services: Salton City
Official Road Name: Fish Creek
Management Agency: Anza-Borrego State Park
District: Anza-Borrego State Park
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Highlight: Split Mountain
Split Mountain is something you would picture out of an adventure movie, with it's towering hundred foot cliffs to the water carved sandstone. Around every corner you expect to find Harrison Ford standing atop these cliffs waiting to lead you on an adventure you won't soon forget! Split Mountain is a fairly young formation only being a little under a million years old. Split Mountain was formed by a stream that ran through the area, and over time as the land began to shift and take shape the stream continued to run through creating what we now call Split Mountain. As You adventure through the mountain you will see some amazing examples of just how long it took for the stream to carve out Split Mountain. Split mountain also offers some beautiful hidden hiking trails and some stunning views of the area. So take some time to drive through or hike through, and relax in the huge shadows the cliffs cast I am sure you will feel tiny in this beautiful area.


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Route Information

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1. Fish Creek- Split Mountain ( mi)
As you pull off the road into the wash you will see metal signs labeled 'Split Mountain' so you know you are in the right location. There is plenty of room for a large group of rigs to stage. The trail to Split Mountain starts out in a well-traveled wash that is clearly marked so you should not get lost. As you make your way down the wide open wash, keep an eye out for hikers and mountain bikers, they tend to walk out of nowhere.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 33.038601, -116.098194

Starting Point: Ocotillo Wells, CA

Directions to the trailhead of Split Mountan from the Coachella Valley, Head on the I-10 East until you see exit 145 to CA-86 South toward Expressway, Brawley. Continue on Highway 86 South for 47miles. Turn right onto State Highway 78, and continue 16 miles on State Highway 78. Turn left onto Split Mountain Road, and continue 8 miles on Split Mountain road. Fish creek wash will be on the right hand side, this leads to the trailhead.



Trail Reviews (2)

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
What an amazing trail, what it lacks in wheeling difficulty it makes up for in views. This is a go-to trail to take back out to the main roads after a day of driving off road.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Ran Split Mountain after a quick stop in at Blow Sand. The trail was very rough as in wash board to all hell. All in all almost any 4x4 could have handled the area. I am uploading a video of the trip 1080 60p.

Questions & Answers (1)

Q: Are quads & SXS allowed, stickered of course?
–Tim (04/15/2018)
–Josh Noesser (05/21/2018)

Writer Information

Josh Noesser

Mapping Crew - California

Joshua Noesser grew up in Southern California but has lived in different parts of the country during his young adult life. Josh was first turned to four wheeling when he road with one of his friends dad up Surprise Canyon in the Panamint Valley at age14. After nearly 3 different roll overs later and a half dozen intense waterfalls, Josh was hooked. At 16 he purchased his first Jeep a CJ 7 and by 17 was putting his first locker in it. Currently, Josh is the owner and CEO of Nybble, an IT Solutions Company based in Orange County, California. Nybble isn't your normal IT company where everyone stays in and plays video games. Nybble's average company trip is out on the trails since a good amount of his staff enjoy wheeling too. As Josh likes to say, he offers the only IT Company with the ability to provide services in extreme locations. "If you want a server at the top of The Hammers, we will take care of that for you." Today you can find Josh out on the trail behind the wheel in one of his three different off-road vehicles. See the vehicles below for more information. If you ever run into Josh, please say high, he is a very friendly person and is always happy to have a new person join the group.
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