Holy Cross

Brawley, California (Imperial County)

Last Updated: 02/01/2021
5 / 5 ( 1 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 1.43 miles
Highest Elevation: 466 feet
Duration: About 1 hour
Shape of Trail: Loop
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Brawley
Nearest Town w/ Services: Brawley
Official Road Name: Superstitions OHV
Management Agency: Bureau of Land Management
District: El Centro Field Office


Highlight: Holy Cross
In the hills of the Superstitions in Southern California is a unique route that isn't seen often. This trail might add to the lure of the area in an odd and supernatural way. This unique path will zig-zag around the eastern part of the hills to many of the crosses that are representing the fatalities that have happened in the area. Each cross has a different story of who the person is and what happened. Since these are real, please be respectful and help preserve the area. Take the time to visit them, read the story, take in the views, and move to the next one.


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1. Trailhead for Holy Cross - Follow Track North (0 mi)
The path splits off of Wheeler Road and heads to the north into the hills. Since this trail is in the sand dunes, the path is constantly changing. So do your best to just stay in the area and hit the waypoints. Grave Site - Abbey 6-16-93 to 11-22-06

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Brawley, California

Take CA-86 N, W Carter Rd, and Imler Rd to Wheeler Rd 19 min (15.6 mi) Head north on S 1st St toward Main St 33 ft Turn left at the 1st cross street onto CA-86 N/W Main St Continue to follow CA-86 N Pass by KFC (on the right) 2.3 mi Turn left onto Kalin Rd 0.9 mi Continue onto W Carey Rd/W Carter Rd Continue to follow W Carter Rd 3.9 mi Turn left onto Forrester Rd 0.6 mi Turn right onto Imler Rd 6.0 mi Continue onto Huff Rd 1.9 mi Turn right on Wheeler Road Take Wheeler Road roughly 8 miles



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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.
For individual use only, not to be shared.