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Calcite Mines/Slots Anza Borrego Car Camp

Days:  2 Days
Rating: (Easy/Moderate)
Milage: 6+
Elevation Gain/lost:
+1100’/-1121″ 
Max Elevation :
1200′
Min Elevation:
 540′
Location: Anza Borrego (Calcite Mines)
Trail Head: 
33.281081, -116.096349
Type: Loop
Topo/Map
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Description: Begin from the parking area on the north side of S22 at mile marker 34 where a truck trail descends sharply into the South Fork of Palm Wash. Cross the wash and proceed northwest up the hill. Approximately .75 mile from S22 will be a signed junction. The road to the left continues on up the hill to the mine while the one on the right goes down to the Palm Wash truck trail and provides another way to get to the mine site while hiking through an amazing slot canyon that reveals the sedimentary history of these mountains. When you reach the sandy wash, go left up the wash. After about a quarter of a mile, the truck trail ends at a point where the main wash is choked with some huge boulders. The slot canyon leads off to the left at this point. The hike through this canyon leads back to the Calcite Mine truck trail at a point about 1.5 miles from the start of the hike. The slot canyon continues north on the other side of the road, should you have time and want to explore some more. For those with limited time, once you reach the road turn right and take the road uphill for another half-mile to the mine site. :: San Diego Reader info>>

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