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Indian Pass Arches, CA

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Distance One Way 2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,024 feet
Elevation Gain 250 feet
Accumulated Gain 338 feet
Avg Time One Way 2.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 3.13
Interest Off-Trail Hiking
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21  2019-11-26 lanceware
115  2014-02-08
Yuma AZ and Imperial Sand Dunes CA
Author lanceware
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Routes 6
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Age 60 Male Gender
Location Mesa, AZ
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Seasons   Late Autumn to Early Spring
Sun  4:48am - 6:43pm
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This destination is located in the Indian Pass Wilderness Area in southeastern California. There is no marked trail, but the route is mostly in a wash which is easy to follow. There are three rock arches located in close proximity to each other. The largest is about 8 feet high. Another is about 3 feet. The third is maybe 5 feet high. The views of the mountain ranges along the way and at the arches is spectacular.

After taking the dirt road to the parking area, continue further down the road on foot. After about 0.75 miles, there will be an iron barricade on the left. Turn here, leaving the road, and enter a wash (Gavilan Wash). Follow the wash northwest for about 1.5 miles. The wash is easy to navigate and generally fairly clear of boulders and bushes. When the wash makes a sharp right turn, continue following it into an area with whitish/yellowish rock mixed with dark volcanic rock. Look up and ahead towards the right and you should soon see at least one of the arches. Watch for a large cairn on the right side of the wash, and take the somewhat faint trail upwards to the first two arches. The third arch is further up above the other two. Some scrambling over loose rock is required, but it is not that difficult.

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2019-11-26 lanceware

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    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    From I-8 take exit 159 for Ogilby Road (County Road S34). Follow Ogilby Road north for 13 miles, and then turn right onto Indian Pass Road. Follow this dirt road (passable by a low clearance vehicle provided the road is not wet or flooded) for about 8.5 miles until you see a sign board and parking area on the right. If you see a sign indicating that the road is entering the wilderness area, you have gone too far. The road from that point on requires a high clearance 4WD vehicle, and there is no parking space further down.
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