Oriflamme Canyon

4.5/5 (26 reviews)
Julian, California (San Diego County)
Last Updated: 05/08/2019
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Trail Information

Highlights

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.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

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Trail Reviews

4.5/5 (26 reviews)
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/30/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

I did this trail in 2021 and it was great. I just did the trail again yesterday (9/30/22) and it is more challenging now. The recent rainstorm in September may be to blame. In many parts the ruts have deepened and there are several new ones. Still a great trail but be aware if you have a stock vehicle. Took 2 hours with a 100 Series Cruiser on 33s, GX460 on 32s and Jeep Rubicon on 33s.
Status: Open
Visited: 01/30/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

First time driving this trail on the morning of 1/30/22. Everything was as expected based on the description and previous comments. It does look like the last big storm rutted it pretty deeply compared to the earlier pictures but we didn't have any difficulty. Gate was unlocked but someone had wrapped the chain so well it looked locked. Fun trail. Took 1:45 mins in a 19 Tacoma w/ 31's and a small 1.5" lift.
Status: Open
Visited: 01/23/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Ran the trail from S2 to Banner. This is a great trail to run if you need a change from the normal desert trails. It's a bit more rutted than normal from the recent rain storms, stairway to heaven was very rutted, but overall great fun. Took about 1:15 to 1:30. We had a 4runner, Zr2 Colorado, and Lexus GX.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 12/22/2021
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

Great fun trail. It is about 2.5 hours from start to finish. We did this with (4) Jeep Gladiators with 37s and lifts. The squeeze obstacle was no problem, didn’t even need a spot.
Trail Review: Oriflamme Canyon - Cipriano Rivera
Trail Review: Oriflamme Canyon - Cipriano Rivera
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 07/11/2021

Stock 4Runner trd premium with sliders. Aired down to 20 psi and had a blast. The squeeze boulder is still there, right at the waypoint. Stairway to heaven was no problem, didn’t even need the locker. It was a bit overgrown, on stairway and through out the trail. I went from S2 up to Banner. I’ll totally do this one again.
Trail Review: Oriflamme Canyon - Michael Memmel

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