Out in the middle of nowhere, the Ocotillo Wells SRVA desert area has a unique landscape feature that most people have never seen in their lives; an oasis. Sprouting out of the desolate desert is a lush green area with palm trees and shrubs. This green blip growing from the brown desert is a unique feature that its typically only read about in stories or see in movies. This backcountry drive, with a short hike, gives you a chance to experience it in real life.
From Salton City, take the S22 west roughly 11 miles and turn south into the wash at Truckhaven Rocks Campground (Arroyo Salado). Take that wash south almost 3 miles and the trailhead will be on your right side.
Cool to see. Ran this from S22 and made a day of it. Took about 2 hour out and back. I wouldn't want to run this trail in 2wd due to the deep sand. Deep sand and traffic is the only concern. Arroyo Salado Campground was closed due to COVID. It was pretty busy out this weekend.
Came in from Truckhaven. Easy drive in the wash. Amazing to see such a large group of healthy palms in the midst of this desert. We enjoyed the stroll to the palms and then continued to 5 Palms and Pumpkin Patch.
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.