Mortero Wash North - Anza Borrego

Ocotillo, California (Imperial County)

Last Updated: 06/16/2017
3 / 5 ( 2 reviews )
Nearby Trails
Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 2.5 miles
Highest Elevation: 981 feet
Duration: About 1 hour
Shape of Trail: Loop
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Ocotillo
Nearest Town w/ Services: Ocotillo
Official Road Name: Mortero Wash North
Management Agency: Anza-Borrega Desert State Park
District: Anza-Borrega Desert State Park
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Highlight: Mortero Wash North - Anza Borrego
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.



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Route Information

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1. Mortero Wash North Trailhead (0 mi)
The trail starts just off to the other side of Mortero Wash. At Mortero Wash there is a single covered sign with local information marks that 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

Trailhead Coordinates: 32.792957, -116.107646

Starting Point: Ocotillo, CA

From 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.



Trail Reviews (2)

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

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Short scenic drive to cruise through, the description is spot on, as usual, just a smooth dirt road with a couple of dips and small rocks.

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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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