Diablo Drop Off

4.6/5 (26 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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Trail Reviews

4.6/5 (26 reviews)
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 01/23/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Pretty easy if you take the right path, lots of people standing around and watching, and hanging out. It was a little congested with rigs when I got there, there were some big groups. Still, a fun little hill.
Trail Review: Diablo Drop Off - JT Carey
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 01/16/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Great trail with a more rocky lower canyon and flat Mesa above the drop off. The sand on the drop off is no joke but I was able to make it up and down in 4low. Trickiest part is right before the top where the trail is pretty rutted regardless of which path you take. Overall a great way to make it into fish creek!
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 11/26/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Fun and varied trail with some great views. Descending the drop-off is very easy so long as you have clearance. We did see a lot of Tacoma’s and other trucks try and ascend the drop off. They struggled, some rolling backward precariously and others ripping the trail up by spinning their wheels relentlessly
Tommy
2300
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

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