Canyon Sin Nombre
ElevationAscent: 0' 0 m
Descent: -677' -206 m
High: 1,213' 370 m
Low: 536' 163 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)
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“An amazing canyon with great slots & perfect trail, erosion, and rock formations to view with a finish at a vast washout”— Nick Mayer
From the very start, the trail is absolutely stunning with vast expanse views of the desert and hills. The trail starts in open desert and is exceptionally easy to follow as it is highly visited by avid 4x4 adventurers. It is only a short distance before you enter the canyon, and the walls are close and create an immediate feeling of wild desolation.
As you proceed further in, ancient molten rock formations are visible in the canyon walls and the canyon begins to open up a bit more. Open spaces and turnouts are frequent as the canyon grows wider and backcountry camping is permitted, and you are likely to encounter people on the spring and/or fall weekends.
The trail has an almost unnoticeable downhill grade the entire way out, and near mile 3 to 3.5, the canyon grows immensely wider until it is wide open desert. The trail is still very easy to follow and ends in a beautiful washout with wide open views and other connecting roads and trails.
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Land Manager: California State Parks - Anza-Borrego Desert State Park