Mortero Mine Loop - Anza Borrego

Ocotillo, California (Imperial County)

Last Updated: 05/04/2017
3 / 5 ( 1 review )
Nearby Trails
Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 1 miles
Highest Elevation: 1647 feet
Duration: About 15 minutes
Shape of Trail: Loop
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Ocotillo
Nearest Town w/ Services: Ocotillo
Official Road Name: Dos Cabeza Road
Management Agency: Anza-Borrega Desert State Park
District: Anza-Borrega Desert State Park
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Highlight: Mortero Mine Loop - Anza Borrego
In the southeast corner of Anza Borrego sits a popular trail for overlanders to explore, Mortero Wash. In the middle of Mortero Wash sits Mortero Mine Loop. This short loop offers some difficult wheeling and places to explore that include an old train stop and mine. The next time you are in the area, make the quick loop and check out the sites of Mortero Mine Loop.



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1. Trailhead at Train Stop (0 mi)
The trail starts by driving up and over the loading station of the old train stop. From here it drops down in the wash nestled against the old wooden train bridge. If you continue on this path, it will take you all the way to the Volcanic Hills.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 32.746041, -116.139369

Starting Point: Ocotillo, CA

The trail splits off of Mortero Wash roughly 4.0 miles and loops back around to the 3.9 mile marker. It is easy to find since the railroad track block the path when heading up the canyon.



Trail Reviews (1)

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
The description is a but misleading because you definitely don’t need lockers and articulation to make the loop. Unless there is an alternate hill climb I missed, the loop marked on the GPX was not challenging and could be done in 2wd.

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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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