Oriflamme Canyon

Julian, California (San Diego County)

Last Updated: 05/08/2019
4.4 / 5 ( 14 reviews )
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Highlight: Oriflamme Canyon
Situated in the southwest corner of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Oriflamme Canyon Trail runs up from the hot and dry Colorado Desert into the more moderate climate of the Laguna Mountains. The trail was initially used as a mountain pass by the Native Americans, and the Spanish, Mexicans, and American settlers have all used the route over the years. It offers beautiful, remote scenery with a wide variety of topography along the route. Today the trail is a somewhat lesser-known destination for off-roaders looking for a challenging and scenic adventure.


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1. Oriflamme Canyon Trailhead (0 mi)
The trailhead is clearly marked off state route S-2. There's a nice flat area to air down and get ready to hit the trail.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: San Diego

From San Diego, take I-8 east and then take Highway 79 north 23 miles to the town of Julian. Turn east on Highway 78 (Banner Road) and then turn south on S-2 (Great Southern Overland Route of 1849). Go south about 12 miles and the trail head is on the right just before mile marker 27. There is a sign for Oriflamme Canyon at the trailhead.



Trail Reviews (25)

Questions & Answers (4)

Q: Hows camping along the trail? Any good spots? Looking for a place to disperse camp as all of Cleveland is closed to disperse camping through 2020.
–Josh Kim (10/11/2020)
–Josh Noesser (12/30/2020)
Q: Just revisiting the "squeeze" boulder discussion because it appears the Q&A below is dated. Can anyone confirm whether or not the boulder is still there?
–Justin (12/01/2019)
–Josh Noesser (03/04/2020)
Q: How difficult is the "squeeze" (waypoint 6) I want to do this trail and from the pictures it looks like the boulder is my only concern.
–Richard Torres (08/20/2018)
–dan8411 (07/22/2019)
–sdde4n (10/08/2018)
–Rob Thompson (09/30/2018)
Q: Is the trail narrow at times, will a pickup (Raptor) be able to pass without issues?
–Ben (01/31/2018)
–Roland (02/12/2018)

Writer Information

Brent Colasurdo

Mapping Crew - California

Brent's passion for outdoor adventures began with backpacking and mountain climbing while growing up in Portland, Oregon. Eventually, he realized that it was easier to drive the trails than walk them, and Brent's love of off-roading was born. Brent is now an (adopted) native of California. He can be found sullying the leather upholstery of his 2013 Range Rover Sport throughout the deserts and mountains of Southern California.
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