Arroyo Seco Del Diablo Trail

Julian, California (San Diego County)

Last Updated: 11/20/2020
4.5 / 5 ( 11 reviews )
Information
Nearby Trails
Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 8.66 miles
Highest Elevation: 900 feet
Duration: About 2 hours
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: North
Nearest Town: Julian
Nearest Town w/ Services: Julian
Official Road Name: Arroyo Seco Del Diablo Trail
Management Agency: Anza-Borrego State Park
District: Anza-Borrego State Park
Showing 0 trails within 2 miles

Highlights

Highlight: Arroyo Seco Del Diablo Trail
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.

Video

Weather

7 day forecast for Arroyo Seco Del Diablo Trail

Route Information

Technical Rating:
( EASY - DIFFICULT )

Read more about our rating system

Waypoints

1. Southern Trailhead (Vallecito Wash) (0 mi)
The trailhead for Arroyo Seco Del Diablo. The trail splits off of Vallecito Wash and heads north.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 32.882719, -116.159467

Starting Point: Agua Caliente, California

Travel east on The Great Southern Overland Stage Route Road roughly 2.8 miles. A dirt pullout will be on the north side of the road with a sign for the wash. This is the trailhead for Vallecito Wash. Take Vallecito Wash east 6 miles to Waypoint 3. Seco Del Diablo splits off to the north. Agua Caliente - 39555 Great Southern Overland Stage Route of 1849, Julian, CA 92036

Camping

Dispersed

Trail Reviews (14)

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
As noted in the last review, there were plenty of new landslides. By now, all the landslides has been driven over and broken down enough that none of them posed a real challenge.

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
Drove a Raptor through with no issues. Tight but passable.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
Ran up the trail for a quick remap. Several new landslides are there which might cause issues in the winter and spring. Please be careful when on this trail.

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
Thoroughly enjoyed. Traveled with friends with mixed off-roading experience. Sand was deep at times and the terrain switched between sand and hard pack with occasional straight patches of hard pack (aka open it up) and deep sand. A few fun points of steep up/down and hill climb/sharp descent on the northern side. Overall, fun and relatively harmless as of this writing.

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
Trail is passable, stay close to the right side then get some momentum going to get through the mud. Made it through pretty easily.

Author:
Status: Impassable
Offroaded on:
Rating:
Still impassable where two previous posters stated.

Author:
Status: Impassable
Offroaded on:
Attempted on 12/21. Made it about 1-2 miles until we reached a rock slide that was partially washed away. Might be able to make it up that however immediately after was a mud hole/puddle with extremely soft mud. Tossed a 6 inch rock into the mud and it sunk easily 13 inches. Didn’t look like anybody attempted to drive through except a dirt bike leaving 12-18 inch ruts. About 8 vehicles showed up behind us and nobody attempted therefore I deem it currently impassable

Author:
Status: Temporary Closure
Offroaded on:
Rating:
Like the previous reviewer stated, I thought the route was impassible just south of diablo tail. I read older reviews below and surprised to read that the jeep and forester made that route. Hugging the east side or right - is narrow and extremely off camber. Based on the tracks, it looked like only motos have done this. The mud bog on the north side looked like people attempted to traverse it but gave up. No tracks through the bog that I could see. I definitely wouldn't try it alone! I decided to turn around and enter the trail from north. It was dark by then and made it down to the bog and diablo tail trail. There was only one sketchy section that was rough and close to slot walls.

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
After the rain last week, the mud hole tuned into a very large water crossing that was unavoidable and as of Saturday was around 3-4 feet at its deepest point.

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
Since the last review from a couple weeks ago, there is now a bypass for the mud pit. As you come over the landslide and see the mud pit, there is a section of trail that hugs the right hand side of the canyon. It is quite off-camber, so taking it very slow will be crucial to making it through without sliding down into the mud. With that said, the mud pit is not as difficult to traverse as it looks, one member of our group made it through the mud and back in his stock Subaru Forester with normal road tires.

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
As of 10/12/2019, there was a new rockslide south of the Diablo Dropoff connector; it looks like a spring was exposed because there was also a large sulfurous-smelling mudpit with about 2' of water despite no recent substantial rains. Due to the rockslide and width of the canyon, there is no nearby bypass of the mud/water pit if you can't make it through, however, you can go north, connect up with Arroyo Tapiado, and take that south, which will eventually connect with the south end of this trail.

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
This is always a great trail to take on the way to Diablo Drop Off as it's much less crowded than Arroyo Tapiado. The trail has changed drastically since it was originally rated and at this point the it is passable in a 2wd vehicle with some ground clearance and experience. Although, 4wd is helpful for some of the sandy sections. Even the v-notch at the end of the canyon has eroded/filled in to the point you can just drive straight through no problem. But, if you're looking for a mild challenge, the trail has plenty of "shortcuts" with little climbs and rock gardens to traverse.

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
Whether you're a beginner or an advanced intermediate wheeler, a one-day trip putting together four trails: Canyon Sin Nombre, Arroyo Seco Del Diablo, Diablo Dropoff, and Fish Creek is a must do and will keep you busy all day. You begin on Highway S-2 and finish on CA-78. All four trails are reviewed here on trailsoffroad.com The scenery is spectacular and the driving is easy and relaxing. Diablo Dropoff will be exciting for the newbies, because it is steep, sandy, and off-camber, but just take reasonable caution and all will be fine. After you enter Fish Canyon, if you have time, take the side trip to Sandstone Canyon, which is a mile in the opposite direction. The trail account here on trailsoffroad.com says it all. Both the wheeling and the canyons are awesome.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Video of the main trail

Questions & Answers (0)

Writer Information

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.