Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
834.00 ft (254.20 m)
Trail type
Loop
Distance
4.29 mi (6.90 km)
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The Calcite Narrows Loop is a short 4.2-mile adventure through dry washes and interesting slot canyons. The trail is rated easy to moderate and features sandstone slot canyons, the Calcite Mine, and scenic views of Anza-Borrego State Park. This loop is suitable for trail running, hiking, and backpacking. 

Access to the trailhead is easy, located east of Borrego Springs, California, off S22. A short descent leads into Palm Wash. After 1.7 miles the wash intersects with Calcite Mine Road. Turn left on the road to explore Calcite Mine. After the mine, return back to the junction and head east, leaving Calcite Mine Road and joining the Calcite Mine Narrows Trail. At mile 3.2 the trail turns into Palm Wash. Stay right at the junction at mile 3.5. At mile 3.6 you will reconnect with the Calcite Mine Road. Turn right on Calcite Mine Road, continue southeast for about half a mile until you reach the Calcite Mine Trailhead and the parking area where you began.  

SEASONS

This hike has little shade and is best completed in the late fall to early spring when the temperatures are less extreme. 

BACKCOUNTRY CAMPING

Backcountry camping is allowed in designated areas of Anza-Borrego State Park. For rules and regulations please visit: https://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/638/files/anza-borrego%20desert%20state%20park%20magazine.pdf

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Bureau of Land Management: https://www.blm.gov/visit/santa-rosa-wilderness.

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=638.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Sandstone slot canyons. Unique landscape.

Cons

Can get crowded.

Trailhead Elevation

587.00 ft (178.92 m)

Highest point

1,152.00 ft (351.13 m)

Features

Backcountry camping
Wildlife
Big vistas
Geologically significant

Typically multi-day

No

Permit required

No

Location

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Santa Rosa + San Jacinto National Monument
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