Mortero Wash - Anza Borrego

Ocotillo, California (Imperial County)

Last Updated: 06/18/2017
4.6 / 5 ( 6 reviews )
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Highlight: Mortero Wash - Anza Borrego
In the southwest corner of Anza Borrego State Park sits one of the most visited trails in this desolate part of California. Whether it is the glistening natural springs that reside against the scenic boulder hill sides, the world's longest and tallest wood train bridge, the old train stop that is still complete with water tower, or some of best desert scenery and flora you have ever seen this trail has something for everyone. You will find yourself drawn to Mortero Wash and wanting to stay there for days once you begin to explore this trail and what it has to offer. If you are an outdoor enthusiast, love to 4x4, or enjoy a great overland adventure, I would recommend stopping at Mortero Wash the next time you are in the area and enjoy in what amazing adventures it has to offer.


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1. Trailhead (0 mi)
A single covered sign with local information marks the beginning of the Mortero Wash Trail. Here you will find a large staging area to ready yourself and your vehicle for the trip.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Ocotillo, CA

From Ocotillo on Interstate 8, use exit 89 and head north onto County Route S2 towards Ocotillo for 8.5 miles, then turn left onto Sweeney Pass Road, a well maintained dirt road, to start the trail.



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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.
For individual use only, not to be shared.