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Carrizo Wash Palm Oasis, CA
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Carrizo Wash Palm Oasis, CA 
Carrizo Wash Palm Oasis, CA
 
Hiking avatar Oct 08 2020
azbackpackr
Hiking3.89 Miles 190 AEG
Hiking3.89 Miles   3 Hrs   42 Mns   1.85 mph
190 ft AEG   1 Hour   36 Mns Break
 
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This hike can be reached via high clearance vehicle, four wheel drive, or via the boat-in campsites at Carrizo Wash, in Picacho State Recreation Area, California, located on the Colorado River not far from Yuma, AZ. I reached the area while on a 6-day/5 night solo kayak trip from Blythe, CA to Fisher's Landing (Martinez Lake), Arizona. I camped at Carrizo Boat-in campsite, available only to boaters. There are other campsites you can drive to in the area, such as 4S camp, plus the main campground at Picacho. The palm grove itself is just outside the state park boundary, on BLM land.

You can see the palm trees on Google Earth (or by using satellite function on the HAZ map set.) A friend had told me about it, and I first checked it out on Google Earth, and sure enough, I could see them, looking like little green stars from overhead.

The hike is a total slog through the sand up the wash. The feral burro/donkey population is way out of control in this area, although the BLM has recently captured 48 of them, I was told later. A drop in the bucket. The donkeys have totally fouled and just about destroyed the palm oasis. Its lovely little pool is filthy, and the burros eat whatever parts of the palms they can get to. Also, I don't know how the native bighorn sheep can survive, with this kind of competition.

If you like geology, the conglomerate walls of the canyon are interesting. There is a big shady ledge the burros hide underneath (see photos).

When I arrived I looked upstream into where the canyon becomes a slot, above the palm oasis, and saw a large owl flying up into that canyon, disappearing around a bend eventually.

After I took a few photos I retraced my steps, got into my kayak and headed downriver to another camp.
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