Diablo Drop Off

4.6/5 (23 reviews)
Ocotillo, California (San Diego County)
Last Updated: 09/26/2022
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Diablo's Drop Off isn't as scary as it sounds. Back in the day, this was a scary obstacle that many wouldn't try. Today, with all the issues that have come from the drop, the park has started grading the trail, making it easy to travel down. But be warned, rain can undo all the park services' work in seconds, making this trail impassable. Always inspect the drop before traveling down it.

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4.6/5 (23 reviews)
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 08/28/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

Cool spot to try to get out to via Fish Creek. Definitely, no going up this. Very deep sand on almost a complete cliff face. I dug in very fast. I can't imagine anything getting up this. Be careful not to get stuck in the deep sand! Definitely need 4WD to do this part, preferably 4WD low. Really cool tight canyons leading up to the drop off. Some rocks to crawl over. Definitely need plenty of ground clearance. My friend in a 2WD Tacoma couldn't cut it. Also NEED to have underbody protection. One part of this trail is a narrow pass with sharp rocks. Destroyed the stock plastic skids, lower control arms, front of the frame, and oil pan on my friend's Tahoe. A lot of ground clearance and skids are a must for this section.
Trail Review: Diablo Drop Off - Tommy
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 03/03/2022

Not hard going down. Did it in my 2WD Tacoma no issues. It’s supposed to be a one way trail going down only but we saw a bunch of people going up. Here’s a link to that trail. https://youtu.be/VHDn9iBcYwo
Trail Review: Diablo Drop Off - Michael Tran
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 12/30/2021
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Trail is open for both way travel, I did the trail first the day after Thanksgiving South to North. There were numerous people standing and watching. If line is chosen carefully the drop is not difficult, it is however considerably more dugout than in the pictures above. In the wash bellow we encountered several large groups traveling North to South on the trail, creating space for them to pass was difficult but possible. We stopped to eat lunch where the trail connects to Fishcreek and most of the traffic was North to South. We went back to the trail on 12/30/21 and travelled it North to South it was more fun and challenging traveling in this direction. Due to how deep the holes are if line is not chosen correctly you will have slippage without a locker.
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 Diablo Drop yesterday. The start of the drop has extremely deep (3' to 4') offset dug-outs that dragged running boards and lifted tires on the 4Runner and Tremor. some of the rock gardens in the canyon took some careful spotting to get the stock trucks over without undercarriage contact. The trail was a lot of fun and challenged our newbie driver.
Status: Open
Visited: 10/09/2021
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Ran it on 10/9/21. The upper portion is a bit rutted from people spinning tires going up, but most high clearance 4x4 should still make it down just fine. Nice connector to get to Fish Creek.

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