Palm Wash Slot Canyon Explorations

A late season storm brought good amounts of rain and unusually cold temperatures to Southern California – including the deserts. My friend Tracy and I jumped at the opportunity for a good desert outing in early May. We went to the north-eastern corner of Anza Borrego, one of my favorite spots in the park.

The canyons of Palm Wash and the area of the old Calcite Mine offer much to see and explore, and it had been quite a while since I was there (in May 2015 to be precise – which was another rainy day in the desert!)

Tracy and I entered the beautiful west slot canyon of South Fork Palm Wash first, and then hiked up to the Calcite Mine area. Back down we entered the lower part of South Fork Palm Wash and hiked into Middle Fork from there. The Middle Fork Palm Wash canyon doesn’t have slot canyon sections that are as long, narrow and beautiful as the South Fork, but the canyon itself is really impressive – chaotic rock falls, towering walls, and endless details to enjoy. We even saw some wildflowers growing in there (mainly Phacelias) this time!

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