This is a Saturday Moonlight night run to Anza Borrego State Park. Make your way out Highway 78 to S-2 and turn right. Travel to about mile marker 52 and pull off the East side of the road at Carrizo Badland Overlook. Be there at 8:15 PM. and air down.
A note about temperatures. The historic daytime high was 114, low of 53, expect it to be 103 at 8 PM. I know how good a beer goes down when it’s hot but please no drinking until we hit camp.
We start off at 8:30 down Canyon Sin Nombre jeep trail. Expect it to be hot. When we get to Carrizo Creek wash we will turn right if I discover from the Park Service that the swamp has been reopened. The swamp is wet ground, then submerged ground and will be our road bead for about 1/4 mile. It gets much cooler in the swamp. From the swamp exit we will travel East to the bombing range. No souvenirs please. We turn around and go back through the water and into Carrizo Creek wash.
We’ll head for Arroyo Tapiado. Here it is a turn to the North. We will stop in the canyon to explore Carey’s Big Mud Cave. The kids love this one. Bring a flash light. From the bat cave we will find Diablo Drop Off. Folks will want to stay for awhile and go up and down the various obstacles. From the Drop Off area we will make our way East thru a rock crawl to Fish Creek.
In the event the swamp is still closed we’ll travel to the bottom (East side) of Heart Attack Hill and back to Fish Creek.
Then it’s down Fish Creek (dry) to almost pavement and to a primitive camp. There is a vault toilet there but nothing else. I anticipate to temperature to have cooled off to the mid 70's or low 80’s by 1-2 AM. Bring a sleeping mat to make the ground sort of soft and do not expect a camp fire. There will be plenty of moonlight. The moon is full on the 26th.
At sun up it heats up fast. We hit the pavement not too far from camp (< 1 mile) at Split Mountain Rd and air up. Then go North past the Iron Door bar to Ocotillo Wells & Highway 78. Turn left (West) on Highway 78 and head for towards home.
I am may stop in Ramona Sunday morning for breakfast.
A word about last gas. I plan on getting last gas in Ramona where I plan to drop my tow vehicle. You can also get last gas in Santa Ysabel or Julian but expect to pay tourist prices.
To learn more about the mud caves, go to:
Carey’s Big Mud Cave
Rendezvous @ Mile Marker 52, on San Diego county Rd S-2
Make your way out Highway 78 to S-2 and turn right. Travel to about mile marker 52 and pull off the East side of the road at Carrizo Badland Overlook.