Carrizo Gorge is one of the more rugged areas of the Anza Borrego Desert State Park
The route up the East Fork is for the most part easily descernible.
Mary next to a barrel cactus couple.
Rugged backcountry of the East Fork area of Carrizo Gorge
Need to look up the name of this unique desert plant.
Lone Agave "Century Plant" reaches for the sky.
Approaching the Carrizo Palms. While there are numerous palm groves throughout Anza Borrego, I am going to guess this is one of the most remote due to the terrain.
Our approach to the Carrizo Palms.
We interrrupted this couple of toads having a romantic moment in the creek.
After a 3 + mile hike up the East Fork the shade of the palms was much appreciated.
It is amazing that these palms can grow out here in this terrain. The small creek that waters this palm grove was also full of tadpoles and water bugs.
The blue desert sky gives a nice contrast to this palm.
Oasis in the desert
Steve and Haeja relax in the shade of the Carrizo Palm grove
This Teddy Bear Cholla still had a few buds.
Heading back to the LandCruiser. While this hike was only 6+ miles roundtrip, the deep sand really slowed progress.
Giant rock plateau. The diversity of the rocks out here was amazing.
The deep sand led way to some boulders and small dry waterfall sections.
Cool rock with almost a perfect vertical split.
No, Bob is not selling backpacks out in the desert. These were most likely left by Mexican immigrants traveling through the Anza Borrego Desert.
I mapped out the trail with Google Earth beforehand.