Grapevine Canyon Trail (Anza-Borrego)
|Trail Length:||13.6 miles|
|Trail Time:||1.5 hours|
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|GPS Start:||N33 12.75 W116 33.83|
|GPS End:||N33 08.20 W116 22.70|
|Elevation:||1,400 to 4,000 ft.|
Grapevine Canyon is located as a sandy trail between the Volcan Mountains and Grapevine Hills into Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.
Grapevine Canyon can be reached via a road that passes through private property off S22. Another access is from S22 through the Jasper Trail which is more towards the west end of the Grapevine Canyon.
Most of the road till the state park boundary is graded but it changes to a small trail along Grapevine Canyon Wash. This trail moves south along the Grapevine Mountains Wilderness leaving the Grapevine Hills to the north. A gradual descent reveals buckhorn cholla, sugarbush and creosote bushes and some nice views of the Pinyon and Whale Peak Mountains as well.
As the trail moves forward you come to the Stuart Spring, which flows into a small trough, and close to Angelina Spring. The road forks at this point to lead to Yaqui Flat toward Yaqui Well. Turning right at this fork will take you out to California 78.
At Yaqui Flat the trail changes to the bajada, you will see buckhorn and cane cholla, prickly pear, beavertail cactus, and fishhook barrel cactus.
You can camp at a campground which is close to Yaqui Well. This is not a very developed camp but there are pit toilets. There are campsites near the San Felipe Creek Wash which have some shade though.
The Yaqui Well is a little distance away from the trail and is a bird watcher’s paradise. The well is surrounded by ironwood trees, many of which are covered with parasitic mistletoe. You can see flocks of western bluebirds, roadrunners, cactus wrens and hummingbirds.
Finshing the Trail
You can finish the trail at the Yaqui Pass Road (S3) which is south of the developed Tamarisk Grove Campground. This Campground is more developed and has some shaded sites and showers. A daily fee is charged.
If you want more action you can start on the Cactus Loop Walk and the Yaqui Well self-guided trail which starts at this campground. You can get a good view of the vegetation and desert life on this other trail.
Maps and GPS Coordinates
Grapevine Canyon Trail (Anza-Borrego) Coordinates: 33.212500° -116.563833°