Borrego Springs, CA
After a seven day stay at the Palm Canyon Campground in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park we were not quite ready to leave the area. So we moved back out to the nearby Clark Dry Lake area for a couple of nights dry camping.
Of course, one cannot spend an entire day in this place without at least a little hiking, so we drove about ten miles to the east for a short hike up the Palm Slot Canyon. This was our very first hike in Anza Borrego two years ago, so a revisit was on Pam’s list. If you have a high clearance vehicle, you can drive right to the entrance to the canyon. If not, park in the small lot at the turn off the highway (by mm 38 on highway s-22) and you can hike the half mile down to the entrance.
The canyon begins with a nice hike along a flat wash. It then enters a series of winding, narrow slots.
After about a half mile things become a bit more challenging if you want to keep going. Rocks in the wash require a bit of “over” and “under” to proceed.
Our plan was to stay near Clark Dry Lake for two nights before heading south to El Centro. But the weather forecast for Monday called for a good chance for rain that day so we decided to head out on Sunday afternoon. We felt we needed to stretch our legs a bit before leaving so we decided to take a morning walk over to check out the nearby dry lake bed. It looked to be just a short way from where we were parked, but distances can be deceiving in the desert as it turned out to be two miles away. But the walk was worth the effort as it was very cool to see the dry, cracked lake bed covered with salt left from the evaporation of water.
In the afternoon we drove south 75 miles to a spot about 15 miles west of El Centro, CA. We’ll be dry camping in the desert for a few nights before heading to Yuma. We’re in El Centro to check out an agricultural tour on Tuesday. Sounds exciting, doesn’t it?