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Mortero Wash North - Anza Borrego

3.5/5 (6 reviews)
Ocotillo, California (Imperial County)
Last Updated: 03/22/2023

Trail Information


In the southwest corner of Anza Borrego State Park sits one of the most visited trails in this desolate part of California. Just off of Mortero Wash North is a popular gathering areas in the desert. The Dolomite Mine is a great abandoned mine but is rather difficult to get to. While traveling through Mortero Wash North, you will be surrounded by some of the amazing flora of the southern portion of the Anza Borrego Desert. Whether you are out exploring the desert or trying to get to the Dolomite Mine, Mortero Wash North is a great stop.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

Trail Reviews

3.5/5 (6)
Rated 3/5
Visited: 03/23/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

Easy, sandy dirt road.
Official Crew
Rated 5/5
Visited: 03/22/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

A path to the mine, easy....
Rated 4/5
Visited: 02/20/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Very short easy trail giving you some good views.
Rated 3/5
Visited: 12/10/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Very short and very easy trail. Not much out this way, but can connect to get to the Dolomite Mine. If your in the area and have a novice driver this would be a good confidence builder. There is a small wash out between Waypoints 1 & 2, but nothing that can't be navigated with ease. There were sections of soft sand as you get closer to Waypoint 3, but again, nothing that can't be navigated with ease.
Official Crew
Rated 3/5
Visited: 01/01/2021

Nothing too special here, but still better than driving on pavement. Drove this route to check out the mine and ruins.

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