Red Canyon Trail 4 Wheel Drive Tacoma

Red Canyon

This is a nice little trail, and a welcome break from the long drive on I10 to California. It is also a good trail to test the stock SUV, or “car” based AWD SUV’s with reasonable ground clearance.

Red Canyon General George S. Patton Memorial Museum

It is worth visiting the General George S. Patton Memorial Museum located at Chiriaco Summit.  It is open daily with the exception of major holidays.

Red Canyon

After exiting I10, you proceed south of the freeway, making a right (west) on Pinto Road.  You will travel just over a mile west before coming to the Red Canyon Trail indicated as SR2013.  There are several signs and information boards at the start of the trail.

Red Canyon Trail

This trail is very well marked, with a Red Canyon marker at every major turn.  The trail continues south, in the Maniobra Valley.

Red Canyon Trail

The trail passes through the Orocopia Mountains Wilderness Area.  Driving is restricted to a 60′ corridor for 6.5 miles.

Red Canyon Trail 4 Wheel Drive Tacoma

Yucca and Ocotillo make up a majority of the flora in this area, along with the striking contrasts of the soil colors.

Red Canyon Trail

The most diofficult portion of the trail is when you drive through a series of washes about 4.5 miles in.  There are some small rocks to negotiate and a few loose climbs.  The most challenging climb is after entering the wash again at (N33 36.662 W115 39.026 NAD83), and climbing a steep exit.  Still within the capability of most 4WD vehicles.

Red Canyon Trail

One of the narrow washes in the wilderness corridor.

Red Canyon Trail Video Red Canyon Trail Video Image

Video of narrow canyon Video of small climbs

Red Canyon

Red Canyon Locust

There were a few species of colorful locust that hitched a ride in our truck.

Red Canyon 4 Wheel Drive Tacoma

End of the trail for us, but the track continues along Red Canyon, all the way to the Salt Creek Wash.

 

Trip Details

    Date: 5/17/2004
    Trail Time: 2 Hours
    Location: East of Indio, off of the Chiriaco Summit exit
    Mapping / GPS / Waypoint File: .gif Map Image (main) / .MPS (Mapsource) Track File / .TXT Waypoint and Track
    Trail Rating (1-5 scale): 2.5
    Major Obstacle: This trail is quite easy, and within the capabilities of most 4wd SUV ‘s
    Brush (minor, moderate, severe): Minor
    Scenic Value (1-5 scale): 2: The majority of the scenic value comes from the open landscape and distant views.
    Attendees:
    Scott Brady and Julie Paris – 2004 Toyota Tacoma TRD Double Cab

Scott is the publisher and founder of Expedition Portal and Overland Journal. His travels by 4WD and adventure motorcycle span all seven continents and include three circumnavigations of the globe. He lives in Prescott, Arizona

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