Arroyo Seco Del Diablo Trail

4.6/5 (21 reviews)
Julian, California (San Diego County)
Last Updated: 12/05/2022
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Highlights

Arroyo Seco Del Diablo Trail has some of the most amazing scenic canyons on the south side of Anza Borrego Park. Along the route, you will find several natural springs causing mud on the trail, sandstone canyons, and beautiful cliffs. If you travel just off the main trail, you will find some very narrow mud/sandstone canyons. But be warned, the canyons are known to collapse if the dirt is touched.

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Trail Reviews

4.6/5 (21 reviews)
Josh Noesser
Official Crew
96050
Status: Partially Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 12/05/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Rumors of a new landslide on the trail. You may need to loop around Arroyo Tapiado in the mean time to get to Diablos Drop.
Status: Partially Open
Visited: 12/04/2022

Near waypoint #4 there's a landslide that makes the main trail impassable. To the right, there's a rock garden that you could crawl over with a lifted truck. However, I didn't see any tire tracks so I decided to turn around instead of making a new trail. Overall beautiful trail though, wish I could've done the whole thing.
Trail Review: Arroyo Seco Del Diablo Trail - Davin
Status: Open
Visited: 10/30/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Great canyon trail! We came in via Arroyo Tapiado and didn't see anyone on this route. Landslides are not a big deal but do require you to take them slow.
Pete
600
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 04/17/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Fun, beautiful trail that we did in our stock Tacoma. It's narrow at some points, but only one spot required us stopping to get lined up properly. A full size truck might have issues?? As others have mentioned, probably not the trail for crossover vehicles. We found a magical campsite on the north end and I am pretty sure we had the whole canyon to ourselves for the night. There's a lot of defacement of canyon walls ("Dad & Sara 2021" type graffiti) near the south entrance of the trail which is truly disappointing.
Status: Open
Visited: 10/23/2021
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

I took my 2019 Ford Ranger, plus some buddies with their 2020 Toyota 4Runner Sport (bone stock), 2020 Ford Ranger Tremor (bone stock), and 2019 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon (not stock) down (north to south) about half the trail yesterday. The entrance to the trail on the north end was the only section that gave our newbie any trouble with a bit of running board dragging and wheel lifting. About half way through at a spot with no place to pass anther truck was broke down which backed up 30 or so vehicles for an hour or so. The 4x4 community came together and worked to get the rig drivable enough to get it to a spot where the trail was cleared and a trailer could be brought in. Nice trail, good for newbies with high clearance, not recommended for crossover type vehicles.

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