Mortero Palms - Anza Borrego

Ocotillo, California (Imperial County)

Last Updated: 05/04/2017
5 / 5 ( 2 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 0.41 miles
Highest Elevation: 1896 feet
Duration: About 30 minutes
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Ocotillo
Nearest Town w/ Services: Ocotillo
Official Road Name: Mortero Palms
Management Agency: Anza-Borrega Desert State Park
District: Anza-Borrega Desert State Park


Highlight: Mortero Palms - Anza Borrego
In the lower part of Anza Borrego desert is a small area with an abundant amount of natural springs and a heavy population of palms. Mortero Palms is a popular hiking trail known for the amazing views and springs, but it also is the closest point to the famous Goat Canyon Train Bridge. The trail to the bridge is said to be a goat trail and only for the more experienced hikers.


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1. Montero Palms Trailhead (0 mi)
The trail to Montero Palms starts here at Mortero Wash and heads north.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Ocotillo, CA

Take Mortero Wash South in Anza Borrego State Park for 5.3 miles. The trailhead will be on the west.



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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.
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