Loop Wash

Ocotillo, California (San Diego County)

Last Updated: 03/04/2019
4.5 / 5 ( 2 reviews )
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Highlight: Loop Wash
A short alternate route on Fish Creek, Loop Wash is popular when traveling in the Anza-Borrego Area due to its smoother sand than the primary path of Fish Creek. The entire area that makes up this system of trails was once a shallow sea some 5 million years ago. If you take some time and look closely you will find Coquina shell beds in the mud ledges that make up the walls of Loop Wash. This side trail rejoins the main Fish Creek Trail, so take an opportunity to explore the surrounding areas that make up this awesome trail system.


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1. Loop Wash Entrance (0 mi)
The entrance for Loop Wash is located at a Y intersection of Fish Creek Wash. The trail can be missed if you are not paying attention because the only small trail marker is halfway buried with blown sand. Loop Wash veers off to the north of Fish Creek and the entrance looks like the mouth to a small canyon. Once on Loop Wash, the trail is quite evident as it makes its way through the canyon. Stay on the marked trail in this area and do not remove any of the small shells you might find along the way!

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Palm Springs

Loop Wash is reached via Fish Creek Wash. Directions to the trailhead of Fish Creek Wash from the Coachella Valley: Get on the I-10 East until you see exit 145 to CA-86 South toward Expressway, Brawley. Continue on Highway 86 South for 47miles. Turn right onto State Highway 78, and continue 16 miles. Turn left onto Split Mountain Road, and continue 8 miles on Split Mountain Road. Fish Creek Wash will be on the right-hand side (turn into the wash). Fish Creek Wash: http://www.trailsoffroad.com/trails/753-fish-creek-trail. The trailhead for Loop Wash will be Waypoint 7 if traveling south, or Waypoint 8 when traveling north. For more information on the bigger area, check out Split Mountain: http://www.trailsoffroad.com/trails/1067-split-mountain



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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.
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