Palm Wash Canyons (18 photos)

In the north-eastern corner of Anza Borrego Desert State Park, at the eastern end of the Santa Rosa Mountains, lies an area carved by millennia of erosion, with many fascinating canyons. Around the well-known Calcite Mine, the three forks of Palm Wash form a network of (slot) canyons that can be hiked and explored relatively easily.

We began our exploration in the South Fork of Palm Wash, then went into the eastern slot canyon of Middle Fork, and finally into the most beautiful, western slot canyon of the Middle Fork. We used Calcite Road to hike back to the parking area at Highway S22, just as the sun was setting. All in all, we hiked around 7.5 miles in these canyons.

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