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Oriflamme Canyon
San Diego County, California
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Nearby Towns: Julian, Banner, Borrego Springs
Trail Length: 10.84 miles

This trail can be rocky in places, and the switchbacks are usually narrow and steep. If you avoid all of the cracks in the trail it is fairly mellow, but if you seek them out it can get difficult. You can find snow at higher elevations in the winter, so be prepared.

The trail starts out with a fairly mellow climb. When you start out, stay out of the wash until the trail puts you in it. In about 1.4 miles from the trailhead you will see a gate, and the trail will take you out of the wash to the right.

In 2 miles, the Rodreguez Canyon trail goes right where Oriflamme Canyon goes left. Keep climbing and taking the right-most forks when you come to intersections, and then you cross over into the Anza-Borrego State Park. This is where the steep, narrow switchbacks start. They continue for about 2 miles until you reach the top.

At the top, turn right when a major road joins from the left. The Pacific Crest Hiking Trail is on the right, and then you cross a cattle guard just under 7 miles from the trailhead. This is where you leave the Anza-Borrego State Park.

The next couple of miles take you through private property. Stay in your vehicle and on the trail at all times. Continue down and bear left at all intersections. Eventually you end up in the town of Banner and on Highway 78.

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Driving Directions

From San Diego, take I-8 east and then take Highway 79 north 23 miles to the town of Julian. Turn east on Highway 78 (Banner Road) and then turn south on S-2 (Great Southern Overland Route of 1849). Go south about 12 miles and the trailhead is on the right just before mile marker 27.

Meeting Places

Meet at the store at Lake Cuyamaca.

Low-End Rating: 3
High-End Rating: 5
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Oriflamme Canyon (GPS Exchange File)
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Oriflamme Canyon Track (Google Earth Track)

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